Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blatantly Beautiful Vivien Leigh


Sometimes a post need be nothing more than a great photo of a wonderful-looking actor. So here's Vivien Leigh, as she appeared in Waterloo Bridge (1940). That's it; the picture is just staggeringly amazing. However, in looking over Vivien's film credits, I was surprised at how few films she actually did. The stage was her main showcase, so the fact that Leigh won Oscars for two of the greatest films of all time (Gone with the Wind and A Streecar Named Desire) is testament to her ability and the material itself. I've seen little of her work, but if her other movies are anywhere near the level of those two, in terms of what she brings to them, then Vivien and I are going to have a great "relationship."

7 comments:

  1. i just watched streetcar and i thought it was an incredible performance. one of the best i've ever seen, methinks.

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  2. Yes, SC is an amazing piece of literature and film! Vivien's performance was amazing and she well deserved her Oscar.

    Vivien preferred the theatre to film. Films paid the bills. You MUST see Waterloo Bridge--one of my favorite films. If you live in the USA, then it will be on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on Feb 6 at 4AM Eastern. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone comes on the same day at 2AM. It's another Williams piece and Warren Beatty costars. Not as good, but worth the time to watch.

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  3. I can't imagine a more beautiful woman, to say the least. To me, one of the greatest actresses of all times together with Catharine Hepburn and Bette Davis. The greatest Anna Karenina ever. Unsurpassed Cleopatra in B. Shaw's 'Caesar and Cleopatra'. Actually, she was brilliant in all the roles she played.

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  4. she was truly a remarkable actress. StreetCar, Waterloo Bridge and Gone with the wind are my faves of hers. and i just had a look at her filmography, your right she didn't do alot of movies, but its quality not quantity that matters.
    great post!

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  5. That's an amazing photograph. I've seen few of her films (actually, I've seen one) but I plan to remedy the situation.

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  6. Vivien Leigh is my favourite actress. I wrote a short biography on her a couple of years back, and I've read about 5 biographies on here. I've seen almost all of her films too. She was amazing in Gone with the Wind.

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  7. Great post! Vivien is my favorite; a beautiful person and a wonderful actress. She's also Amazing opposite Laurence Olivier in That Hamilton Woman.

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