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THAT HAMILTON WOMAN! (1941), produced and directed by Alexander Korda, was to be Leigh's final film with then-husband Laurence Olivier.  Although their on-screen pairings were few, Leigh and Olivier collaborated on numerous stage productions over the course of their 20-year marriage -- some co-starring the two, and others starring Leigh and directed by Olivier.

In the last of her seven films with producer/director Alexander Korda, Leigh plays Tolstoy's tragic heroine ANNA KARENINA in Korda's 1948 British adaptation of the famous novel about an unhappily married woman who falls for a dashing army officer in 19th century czarist Russia.  (Greta Garbo had starred in MGM's Hollywood version in 1935.) 

Leigh as fading Southern belle Blanche Dubois struggling with Marlon Brando in Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, the film which won Leigh a second Best Actress Oscar in 1951.

Multimedia Clips from A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951):

Click here"Original Theatrical Trailer" with Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter (a .MOV file courtesy AMC).

Click here"Streetcar" (clip) by Alex North (a .MP3 file).

Memorable Quotations:

  • "Is there something wrong with me?" --as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
  • "I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action." --as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
  • "Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable, and the one thing I've never been guilty of." --as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
  • "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." --as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
  • "I never lied in my heart!" --as Blanche Dubois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
  • "When the time comes when nobody desires me for myself, I'd rather not be desired at all." --as Mrs. Stone in THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE.
In her penultimate film appearance, THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE (1961), Leigh played opposite a young Warren Beatty in this, another Tennessee Williams adaptation about an aging woman starved for attention and affection. 

Further Reading:

  • Vivien Leigh: a biography by Michelangelo Capua (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c2003).
  • Vivien Leigh: a bio-bibliography by Cynthia Marylee Molt (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992).
  • Vivien Leigh: a biography by Anne Edwards (New York: Simon and Schuster, c1977).
  • Love scene: the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Jesse Lasky, Jr., with Pat Silver (New York: Crowell, c1978).
  • Lovers: great romances of our time through the eyes of legendary writers by John Miller and Aaron Kenedi (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1999).

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