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Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), Actress

Sitter associated with 114 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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x138144

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

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, October 1949
NPG x138144

x136461

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Sir Terence Rattigan

by D.H. White, for Daily Herald
vintage press print, 27 September 1953
NPG x136461

x25143

Vivien Leigh

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1954
NPG x25143

x36046

Vivien Leigh

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1954
NPG x36046

x19994

Vivien Leigh

by Angus McBean
postcard print, 1955
NPG x19994

x137696

Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
modern C-type print from transparency, 1955
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137696

x137697

Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
modern C-type print from transparency, 1955
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137697

x76232

Vivien Leigh; John Merivale

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x76232

x76233

Vivien Leigh as Marguerite in 'The Lady of the Camellias'

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x76233

x76234

Vivien Leigh

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x76234

x76290

Vivien Leigh as Marguerite in 'The Lady of the Camellias'

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x76290

D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

x137765

Vivien Leigh

by Vivienne
vintage print, 1930s
NPG x137765

x137985

Vivien Leigh

by Antony Beauchamp
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137985

x139687

Maureen O'Sullivan; Robert Taylor; Vivien Leigh in 'A Yank at Oxford'

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1938
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x139687

x139688

Vivien Leigh; Maureen O'Sullivan in 'A Yank at Oxford'

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1938
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x139688

x88923

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by James Abbe Jr
toned vintage bromide print, 1939
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x88923

x137669

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by John Swope
tear sheet, 1940
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137669

x137766

Vivien Leigh

by Vivienne
vintage colour print, 1940s
NPG x137766