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Vivien Leigh: Cover Star

Vivien Leigh (1913-67) was one of the most famous women of the twentieth century. Her most celebrated performance, as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939) brought her worldwide recognition and the first of two Academy Awards. Leigh’s second Oscar was for the 1951 film production of Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. This selection of magazine covers featuring photographs of Leigh illustrates the extent of her international appeal as one of the most talented and beautiful screen and stage actresses of the era.

 Take a look at the blog: Vivien Leigh: a Star in Wartime


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