From the child who announced she would not sing, but recite; to the starlet who captured the world's imagination as Scarlett; to the award-winning actress who gave herself completely to each of her roles; today, we mourn the world's loss and celebrate the life Vivien lived.
|Vivian Mary Hartley and her mother Gertrude Hartley|
|Vivien on her wedding day to Leigh Holman|
|The Mask of Virtue|
|Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier|
Part of Vivien's war service included going on a tour with ENSA, which is the British version of the USO. In 1943, Vivien, along with several other performers, went to North Africa to visit the troops. They toured several locations and even performed for the King of England. Among her performances, she did a special recitation mocking her character Scarlett O'Hara called The Terror of Tara.
|The Doctor's Dilemma|
|Duel of Angels|
|Jack Merivale and Vivien, 1961|
|Vivien Leigh, 1965|
At her memorial service, her good friend Emlyn Williams read the following lines from John Donne:
She, to whom all this world was but a stage.
Where all sat hark'ning how her youthful age
Should be employ'd, because in all she did
Some Figure of the Golden times was hid.
Who could not lack, whate'er this world could give,
Because she was the form, that made it live.
Rest in Peace, Vivien.