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Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), Actress

Sitter associated with 132 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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P140(35)

Vivien Leigh

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

P742

Vivien Leigh

by Madame Yevonde
colour dye transfer print, 1936
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P742

P901

Vivien Leigh; Angus McBean

by John Vickers
bromide print, 1938
NPG P901

P238

Vivien Leigh

by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1940
NPG P238

P902

Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

by Angus McBean
bromide print, October 1949
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P902

P62

Vivien Leigh

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1952
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P62

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
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x135030

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

x19227

Vivien Leigh

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

x46503

Vivien Leigh

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1935
NPG x46503

x19224

Vivien Leigh

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

x19225

Vivien Leigh

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 April 1935
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19225

x19226

Vivien Leigh

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

x19228

Vivien Leigh

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

x16832

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16832

x16833

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16833

x16835

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16835

x16836

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16836

x16837

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16837

x16838

Vivien Leigh

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1936
NPG x16838

x19527

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19527

x19531

Vivien Leigh as Cynthia in 'Fire Over England'

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

x36099

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 30 May 1937
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x36099

x137983

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivien Leigh as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137983

x137984

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivien Leigh as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137984

x30432

Vivien Leigh

by Angus McBean
matte bromide print, 1938
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x30432

Ax183861

Vivien Leigh as Aurora, Goddess of Dawn

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax183861

Ax183862

Angus McBean and Vivien Leigh

by John Vickers
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax183862

x35326

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'

by Clarence Sinclair Bull
modern bromide print, 1939
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x35326

x137776

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

by Unknown photographer
modern print from transparency, 1939
NPG x137776

x44747

Vivien Leigh

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1940
NPG x44747

x128515

Vivien Leigh as Lady Hamilton in 'That Hamilton Woman'

by Robert Coburn, or by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1941
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x128515

x32907

Vivien Leigh

by Fred Daniels
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1941
NPG x32907

x32908

Vivien Leigh

by Fred Daniels
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1941
NPG x32908

x36100

Vivien Leigh; David Jagger

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, 27 September 1941
NPG x36100

x180373

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x180373

x180377

Vivien Leigh

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
NPG x180377

x180376

Vivien Leigh

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
NPG x180376

x180375

Vivien Leigh

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate copy film negative, 1942
NPG x180375

x19993

Vivien Leigh

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1942
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19993

x138998

Vivien Leigh with two unknown men

by Tim Gidal (Nachum Ignaz Gidalewitsch)
bromide fibre print, 1943
NPG x138998

x14129

Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra on the set of 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 17 October 1944
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x14129

x6048

Vivien Leigh

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1945
NPG x6048

x139554

Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1947
NPG x139554

x40254

Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1947
NPG x40254

x40252

Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1947
NPG x40252

x137998

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Larry Burrows
modern bromide print, 31 May 1949
NPG x137998