Fierce Facts About Vivien Leigh, Hollywood’s Tragic Star


Vivien Leigh was a fighter. She fought for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind and fought to be with the man she loved. But her most vicious battle was with mental illness: Few people realize that Leigh struggled with bipolar disorder. Prepare to give a damn: Here are fierce facts about the unforgettable Vivien Leigh.




Vivien Leigh Facts


1. She Has Surprising Roots


Leigh’s birthday is suitably explosive. Little “Vivian Mary Hartley” entered the world on Guy Fawkes’ day of 1913. Although she’d be known as the ultimate Southern Belle, Leigh was actually born in Darjeeling, India to a Scottish father and an Irish mother. However, some sources say that Leigh’s mother may have also been Armenian or Indian. To succeed in Hollywood, Leigh would keep that part of her heritage secret.


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