Today, November 5, marks what would have been Vivien Leigh’s 98th birthday. Here is a tribute to mark the occasion of the birth of one of the 20th century’s best and most beautiful actresses, who encompasses far more than Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche DuBois. We’ll soon be revisiting Vivien at Backlots when we discuss the uncanny similarities of her life to that of our Star of the Month Gene Tierney–both strikingly beautiful women with enormous talent, suffocated by the same horrific mental illness.

But for now, just enjoy her for who she was and how much she contributed to the history of cinema. Vivien has throngs of fans throughout the world, and she deserves every ounce of praise she gets. Happy birthday, Vivien!

Screentest for Gone With the Wind

Winning the Oscar for Gone With the Wind



  1. Thanks for posting all these, especially the screen tests for Scarlett. Talk about Hollywood history in the making!

  2. Thank you for posting this. You did a good job:)

  3. A really lovely tribute to the beautiful and talented Vivien.

  4. Aww bless, this was lovely!

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