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Today in History: July 8th, 1967

Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

The death of Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh

On July 8, 1967, the world lost one of its most beloved actresses, Vivien Leigh. Known for her stunning performances in classic films and her striking beauty, Leigh’s death marked the end of an era in Hollywood.

Vivien Leigh was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. She was educated in Europe and developed an early interest in acting. Her big break came when she was cast as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939. This role catapulted her to international fame and earned her the first of two Academy Awards for Best Actress.

Portrait shot of Vivien Leigh.
Vivien Leigh, circa 1955. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

Leigh’s career was filled with memorable performances. She starred in films like Waterloo Bridge (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941), and Caesar and Cleopatra (1945). Her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951 won her a second Academy Award and solidified her reputation as one of the finest actresses of her time. In addition to her film work, she was also a talented stage actress, earning a Tony Award for her role in Tovarich in 1963.

Despite her professional success, Leigh faced significant personal challenges. She was married twice, first to Herbert Leigh Holman and then to fellow actor Laurence Olivier. She struggled with bipolar disorder and tuberculosis, both of which impacted her life and career. These health issues often forced her to take breaks from acting.

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Vivien Leigh passed away on July 8, 1967, at the age of 53, due to complications from tuberculosis. Her death was a great loss to the entertainment industry, but her legacy lives on. Fans and critics continue to admire her work, and she is remembered as one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century. Her performances in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire remain iconic, and her contributions to film and theatre continue to be celebrated.

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