It’s Vivien Leigh’s birthday! (Sorry, Guy Fawkes–no V for Vendetta features today.) Most people know her for her iconic role as Katie Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, but Leigh tackled some other major heroines as well: Blanche DuBois, Anna Karenina, Cleopatra.
Here’s why I love her:
She was the first Brit to win an Academy Award. She won two Oscars, actually (Gone With the Wind in 1939 & A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951)!
She actually read Gone With the Wind before ever dreaming of auditioning–in fact, the audition was circumstance.
She once, out of turn, sassed the House of Lords when they were discussing demolishing a historic London theater.
Katharine Hepburn was her maid of honor…at her wedding to Laurence Olivier!
She rocked that right eyebrow.
Also, Leigh fought back against people who wanted to write her off simply as a pretty face by actually kicking ass. Take note, Megan Fox-types.
In other GWTW news, see the review our friends on Bucking the Wave gave of Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited.