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UPI Pictures of the Year 2013 -- NEWS AND FEATURES
A print and its original negative of Vivien Leigh rest side by side on display along with thousands of other Hollywood photos and negatives at a press preview of the Movie Star News Hollywood Photography Collection at Arader Galleries in New York City on April 5, 2013. The Movie Star News Collection is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive collection of Hollywood photography and will be sold in a series of auctions on April 6th and 7th by Guernsey's Auction House. The collection began in 1939 when photographer Irving Klaw began to create an archive of Hollywood movie photos and original negatives. UPI/John Angelillo
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Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 7 July 1967) was an English actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for playing "southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End.

She was a prolific stage performer, frequently in collaboration with her then-husband, Laurence Olivier, who directed her in several of her roles. During her 30-year stage career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth.

Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. However, ill health proved to be her greatest obstacle. For much of her adult life Leigh had what is now known as bipolar disorder. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and her career suffered periods of inactivity. She also suffered recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s. Leigh and Olivier divorced in 1960, and she worked sporadically in film and theatre until her death from tuberculosis in 1967.

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