Vivien Leigh Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Vivien Leigh Quick Info
Height5 ft 3 in
Weight54 kg
Date of BirthNovember 5, 1913
Zodiac SignScorpio
Eye ColorIce Blue

Vivien Leigh was a British film actress who won the “Best Actress” award twice at the Academy Awards for her memorable performances – in 1939 for Gone with the Wind and in 1951 for A Streetcar Named Desire. She also earned considerable acclaim for her work in the world of theatre where she played iconic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth. She worked in numerous film and theatre productions with acclaimed actors and her 2nd husband Laurence Olivier. In 1999, she was ranked at number 16 in the American Film Institute’s list of “Greatest Female Movie Stars”.

Born Name

Vivian Mary Hartley

Nick Name

Lady Olivier, Viv, V, Vivling

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind (Fawcett Publications / archive.org / Public Domain)

Age

Vivien was born on November 5, 1913.

Died

She died on July 8, 1967, due to tuberculosis in Belgravia, London, United Kingdom. She was 53 years old at the time of her death.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Born Place

Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India

Nationality

British

Education

Vivien attended the Loreto Convent in Darjeeling, India as a school student. When her parents moved back to England, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London.

As her parents traveled across Europe, she also studied at schools in Dinard (France), Biarritz (France), and at the Sacred Heart in San Remo (Italy). Upon her return to England, she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, in 1931 but quit the course after her first marriage in 1932.

Occupation

Actress

Family

  • Father – Ernest Richard Hartley (Broker, Cavalry Trainer)
  • Mother – Gertrude Mary Frances (née Yackjee)

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 3 in or 160 cm

Weight

54 kg or 119 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Vivien had dated  –

  1. Herbert Holman (1932-1940) – Vivien Leigh and barrister Herbert Holman got married in 1932. They had one daughter together named Suzanne Holman (b. October 12, 1933).
  2. Alexander Korda (1935)
  3. Laurence Olivier (1936-1960) – Vivien Leigh and famous actor Laurence Olivier got married on August 31, 1940. After 2 decades of marriage, they got divorced on December 2, 1960.
  4. Justin Mitchell (1939)
  5. Peter Finch (1948-1953)
  6. Elia Kazan (1951)
  7. Orson Welles (1951)
  8. Marlon Brando (1951)
  9. Warren Beatty (1961) – Rumored
  10. John Merivale (1961-1967)
Vivien Leigh in the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra
Vivien Leigh in the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra (Film studio / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

Multiracial (White and Asian)

She was of Scottish descent on her father’s side and of Irish, Armenian, and Indian ancestry on her mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Ice Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Raised Right eyebrow
  • Cryptic, ethereal smile
  • Smoldering eyes
  • Neck-length frizzy hair
Vivien Leigh as seen in 1939
Vivien Leigh as seen in 1939 (Trailer screenshot / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Religion

Roman Catholicism

Vivien Leigh Favorite Things

  • Pets – Dogs, Cats
  • Author – Charles Dickens
  • Cuisine – French
Actress Vivien Leigh
Actress Vivien Leigh (Misah Alamin / Flickr / CC BY-2.0)

Vivien Leigh Facts

  1. Vivien made her first stage appearance at the age of just 3 when she performed in her mother’s amateur theatre group.
  2. Owing to her schooling in France and Italy, Vivien became fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
  3. Vivien won the “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” at the Tony Awards for her work in the theatre musical Tovarich (1963).
  4. Through much of her adult life, Vivien suffered from bipolar disorder. She was also diagnosed with chronic tuberculosis in the mid-1940s, which ultimately became the cause of her demise.
  5. In 1985, she was honored by the British Government which included her in a series of postage stamps to commemorate ‘British Film Year’.
  6. In 1994, the National Library of Australia bought an album that belonged to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. It contained pictures from the couple’s 1948 visit to Australia. The album is now preserved as part of the historical record of the performing arts in Australia.
  7. She was also included in the ‘Centenary of Cinema’ stamp issue in 1996 as well as in a 2013 series of stamps that celebrated her 100th birth anniversary. This gave her the unique distinction of being the first non-royal to feature on British stamps on more than 2 occasions.
  8. Vivien was known to have a near-photographic memory. She could memorize all lines from her scripts after just one or two readings.

Featured Image by Trailer screenshot / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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