Vivien Leigh was an interesting person. She was beautiful, one of the most beautiful actresses of her day. She was talented: she won two Academy Awards for best actress in A Streetcar Named Desire, and of course, as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. She also won a Tony for best leading actress in a musical, and a Golden Globe (also for Gone With the Wind.)
She met and fell in love with Sir Laurence Olivier though they both were married to others at the time. Eventually, they both divorced and married one another in Santa Barbara, CA, with Katherine Hepburn as one of their witnesses.
Apparently, Leigh suffered with bipolar disorder for much of her adult life, and was also stricken with tuberculosis, which eventually took her life in 1967.
Today was the last day that Laurel’s friend from California will be with us as she hops a plane tomorrow morning. Before leaving, she wanted to visit the Margaret Mitchell House (authoress of Gone With the Wind), so we drove downtown and she toured the place. While she was on tour, I went into another building where the paining of Vivien/Scarlett that was in the actual movie was on display. It is at least life-size, and it was quite stunning, hence, it is today’s picture.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1944, “Operation Tiger” ended in the death of 750 U.S. soldiers in a mock invasion that was rehearsing the D-Day landing of Slapton Sands off the southwest coast of England. Their convoys were spotted and attached by German U-boats.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: there are over 295 species of pigeons and doves in the world.