Vivien Leigh

1 portrait of Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh, by Angus McBean, 1952 - NPG P62 - © The President and Fellows of Harvard College

© The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Vivien Leigh

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1952
19 7/8 in. x 15 3/4 in. (505 mm x 400 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG P62


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Sitterback to top

  • Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), Actress. Sitter associated with 108 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Artist of 263 portraits, Sitter associated with 80 portraits.

This portraitback to top

McBean was introduced to Vivien Leigh by Ivor Novello and first photographed her in 1937 as part of her campaign to secure the role of Scarlett O'Hara in the film, Gone with the Wind. He went on to photograph her many times over the next thirty years. This double-exposure portrait was taken in the year she played Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, a role for which she won her second Oscar.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Pepper, Terence, Angus McBean Portraits, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July to 22 October 2006), p. 84

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