• The Double Life of Vivien Leigh

    Tops MagazineFebruary, 1955 The London audience that jammed the theatre to see Vivien Leigh enact the role of Blanche in the sizzling play version of A Streetcar Named Desire will never forget her starkly realistic portrayal of a sex-ridden woman. Playgoers sat silently in rapt attention as she went through the uninhibited sexual gyrations of a nymphomaniac. “Miss Leigh’s lust,” wrote one critic, “rolls off the stage like a tropical storm cloud, causing vague stirrings in old codgers far past their prime.” But it was the closing minutes of the play that would later be regarded with such deep significance–…

  • Scarlett’s Opening Scene in Gone With the Wind

    On January 26, 1939, Vivien Leigh reported to work, for her first day of filming, on the set of Gone With the Wind. Finally, Vivien’s dream of playing Scarlett O’Hara, a dream she’d been carrying with her since she first read…

  • Fashion Friday: Vivien Leigh Models for Motley

    In 1940, Vivien Leigh modeled clothing for the department store, Bonwit Teller. The gowns modeled by Vivien were created by Motley, a group of three very talented women, who designed sets and costumes for the stage and screen. Motley worked…

  • Vivien Leigh as Muse (Part I)

    It’s no secret that Vivien Leigh’s great beauty and talent have been inspiring artists of all mediums, since she first made headlines in 1935. Words of glory were thrown at her feet; roses and racehorses were named for her; she…

  • Fashion Friday: Sidewalks of London

    In 1938, Vivien Leigh starred in St. Martin’s Lane, along with Charles Laughton, Rex Harrison and Tyrone Guthrie. The movie centered around a group of street entertainers known as buskers, who took Vivien’s character, Libby, into their group. The U.S.…

  • Fashion Friday: Scarlett’s Red Dress

    Today’s Fashion Friday post is about Scarlett’s scandalous, red ball gown. Rhett forces her to wear the dress to Ashley’s surprise birthday party. Earlier in the day, Scarlett and Ashley were caught hugging by India Wilkes. Scarlett doesn’t want to…

  • Screen Album, 1940

    The 1940 summer edition of Screen Album promised to have 100 new pictures and 1,000 new facts, inside its covers, of the day’s leading actors and actresses. Both Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were featured. They each received one full…

  • Fashion Friday: A Top Ten List

    Vivien Leigh loved fashion. She enjoyed clothing and all the accessories associated with dressing like a true star. She had a great sense of style and had a lot of fabulous fashion moments throughout her lifetime. To celebrate her style…

  • Fashion Friday: Selections from 1949

    In 1949, Vivien Leigh decided to tackle the role of Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Her director and producer was also her husband, Laurence Olivier. The couple put up £10,000 to produce the play.…