: Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy - and a much better training, I think. It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
Vivien Leigh, born Vivian Mary Hartley and styled as Lady Olivier after 1947, was a British stage and film actress.
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her definitive performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949.
After completing her drama school education, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935 and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England.
Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that her physical attributes sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress.
During her 30-year career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth.
She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and for much of her adult life, she suffered from bipolar disorder, as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis.