Recognised for her outstanding performances in Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), the award-winning actress Vivien Leigh is now the star of an exhibition that opens this week in York
Featuring photographs and objects from the Vivien Leigh archive at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition will explore the public and private life of one of Britain’s first international actresses.
A prominent theme of the ‘Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives’ exhibition is Leigh’s relationship with fellow acting sensation Laurence Olivier. The pair met on the set of the film Fire Over England in 1937, and three years later they married. Alongside images of their theatrical collaborations, the exhibition also includes a number of their love letters and private photographs.
The exhibition also features images from Leigh’s work with Marlon Brando, as well as her headdress from when she played Titania in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1937) and a Christian Dior gown she wore during the production of Duel of Angels (1958).
Here, we take a sneak peek at some of the items on show at the exhibition…