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Vivien Leigh

(1913-1967), Actress

Sitter associated with 138 portraits
Born Vivian Hartley in Darjeeling, India, and educated in England and on the Continent, Leigh made her British film debut in Things Are Looking Up (1934). Her appearance opposite Laurence Olivier in Fire Over England (1937) led to a well-publicised romance. A household name following her Oscar-winning role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), Leigh's marriage to Olivier in 1940 placed her at the centre of British theatre.

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Vivien Leigh, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(35)

Vivien Leigh

by Bertram Park
chlorobromide print, 16 July 1935
NPG P140(35)

Vivien Leigh, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P742

Vivien Leigh

by Madame Yevonde
colour dye transfer print, 1936
NPG P742

Vivien Leigh; Angus McBean, by John Vickers - NPG P901

Vivien Leigh; Angus McBean

by John Vickers
bromide print, 1938
NPG P901

Vivien Leigh, by Laszlo Willinger - NPG P238

Vivien Leigh

by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1940
NPG P238

Vivien Leigh, by Angus McBean - NPG P62

Vivien Leigh

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1952
NPG P62

Vivien Leigh, by Vivienne - NPG x137765

Vivien Leigh

by Vivienne
vintage print, 1930s
NPG x137765

Vivien Leigh, by Unknown photographer, for  London Film Productions - NPG x196484

Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer, for London Film Productions
hand-coloured bromide cigarette card, circa mid 1930s
NPG x196484

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge on the set of 'Things Are Looking Up' (group including Vivien Leigh), by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135030

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge on the set of 'Things Are Looking Up' (group including Vivien Leigh)

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 August 1934
NPG x135030

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge on the set of 'Things Are Looking Up' (group including Vivien Leigh), by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135031

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge on the set of 'Things Are Looking Up' (group including Vivien Leigh)

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 August 1934
NPG x135031

Vivien Leigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19227

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate negative, 16 May 1935
NPG x19227

Vivien Leigh, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x46503

Vivien Leigh

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1935
NPG x46503

Vivien Leigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19224

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 April 1935
NPG x19224

Vivien Leigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19225

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 April 1935
NPG x19225

Vivien Leigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19226

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 April 1935
NPG x19226

Vivien Leigh, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19228

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 April 1935
NPG x19228

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16832

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16832

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16833

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16833

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16835

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16835

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16836

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16836

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16837

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16837

Vivien Leigh, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16838

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16838

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England', by Howard Coster - NPG x19527

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x19527

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England', by Howard Coster - NPG x19531

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x19531

Vivien Leigh as Aurora, Goddess of Dawn, by Angus McBean - NPG Ax183861

Vivien Leigh as Aurora, Goddess of Dawn

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax183861

Angus McBean and Vivien Leigh, by John Vickers - NPG Ax183862

Angus McBean and Vivien Leigh

by John Vickers
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax183862

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O' Hara in 'Gone With The Wind', by Unknown photographer - NPG x137776

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O' Hara in 'Gone With The Wind'

by Unknown photographer
modern print from transparency, 1939
NPG x137776

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