Vivien Leigh exhibition
Never-before-seen letters, diaries and photographs belonging to Oscar-winning British actress Vivien Leigh are to go on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
The archive explores the love affair between Leigh and Laurence Olivier, to whom she was married for 20 years, and contains more than 200 letters, telegrams,
photographs, newspaper clippings and postcards between 1938 and 1967.
The archive also includes correspondence from Winston Churchill, Graham Greene and Noël Coward.
Acquired by the V&A through Robert Holden Ltd from Leigh’s grandchildren, the archive covers all aspects of the star’s 30-year career and personal life.
Leigh won two Academy Awards for her roles in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).
A changing selection of material from the archive will be on display in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries from autumn 2013.