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Vivien Leigh's Dress From 'Gone With The Wind' Sold At Auction For $137,000


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A dress Vivien Leigh wore in Gone With The Wind has sold at auction for $137,000 (£91,000). The dress, worn by Leigh when she played Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film, was sold by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Saturday (18th April). Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, Texas, was selling more than 150 items from the movie on behalf of a private seller.

Gone with the windVivien Leigh and Clark Gable dolls. The Leigh doll is not disimilar to ones sold at the auction.

Read More: Cowardly Lion Costume From Wizard Of Oz Up For Auction Along With Casablanca Piano & Other Classic Film Memorabilia.

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Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014

Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'hara
Vivien Leigh and Scarlett O'hara
Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Rhett Butler, Scarlett O'hara and Noel Cruz

Vivien Leigh Gone With the Wind Hats - "Debbie Reynolds--The Auction Finale" VIP Reception; Auction conducted by www.ProfilesInHistory.com on May 17 & 18, 2014 at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio - North Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 15th May 2014

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V&A Snap Up Vivien Leigh Archive - Never Before Seen Items Set To Go On Show


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The V&A have acquired a real boon in addition to their already impressive material: the archive of Oscar-winning British actress Vivien Leigh. Material from the archive, acquired by the V&A from Leigh's grandchildren, will be on display from this autumn, The BBC report.

"It really explores the life of one of Great Britain's most celebrated performers," curator Keith Lodwick told the BBC. "The archive has never been publicly available before so we're discovering nuggets of information about Vivien Leigh that haven't been documented before and have given a fresh insight to her life."

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Vivien Leigh's Love Letters To Laurence Olivier Set For London V&A Show


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Love letters from Vivien Leigh to Laurence Olivier, her husband from 1940-61, will be exhibited as part of a new show at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A announced Wednesday that it had acquired the Oscar-winning actress's archive in the centenary of her birth. 

The British actress is best known for her roles as stoic Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic Gone With The Wind and as the frail Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Exhibition Of Never-Before-Seen Artefacts From Oscar Winner Vivien Leigh's Life To Go On Show At V&A


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London’s world famous Victoria and Albert Museum will soon play host to a unique exhibition of letters from Vivien Leigh’s personal archive. The Gone With The Wind actress is one of the icons of the golden age of cinema and certainly one of the most revered British actresses to date. The 7,500 letters to be exhibited at the London museum form a sort of catalogue of Leigh’s life. The collection even includes love letters exchanged between the actress and her husband, Laurence Olivier, the BBC reports, as well as many other never-before-seen artifacts from the iconic actress’s era.

The collection also features other items, which might be of interest for Leigh or cinema enthusiasts, such as diaries, photographs, annotated film and theatre scripts and her numerous awards – Vivien Leigh was an Oscar winner, among other things. Of course, the thousands of items will not be on display simultaneously. The exhibits will be in rotation starting this autumn, meaning that it will take several visits to the museum to take in the entire collection.

The exhibition curators will be greatly aided in their work by Leigh’s diaries, which will also go in display. The thorough journals also help chronicle the star’s life – both professional and private – since she had been keeping them from 1929 (she was 19 at the time), all throughout her life, until her death in 1967. Museum visitors will be able to trace Leigh’s life through this period. The V&A Museum team is also very excited about the collection, with curator Keith Lodwick saying for the BBC: "It really explores the life of one of Great Britain's most celebrated performers."

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A Streetcar Named Desire Review


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Stella! Stella!

Oh, Stella. What have you gotten yourself into, marrying a drunken boor and living in a squalid flat in New Orleans?

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A Streetcar Named Desire Review


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Stella! Stella!

Oh, Stella. What have you gotten yourself into, marrying a drunken boor and living in a squalid flat in New Orleans?

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Gone With The Wind Review


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One of the classic films that defined American cinema, Gone With the Wind is a rare example of a collaboration involving hundreds of talents and egos that turned out great. Dozens of uncredited screenwriters (including F. Scott Fitzgerald, briefly) and hundreds of actors were marshaled by David O. Selznick for this effort. The resulting four-hour epic is, inflation-adjusted, still the highest-grossing movie of all time -- and it deserves to be. For millions of people, Gone With the Wind has helped to define the myth and reality of America's most tragic (and much-misunderstood) period of history, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Margaret Mitchell's bestselling novel was the most successful period romance novel of all time, a combination of historical detail and soap that drew from family recollections of the war and its aftermath. The novel's popularity allowed the filmmakers to be confident of success, but still, Selznick spent more time and money, and took more risks, than could have been expected. The requisite attention was paid to costumes and sets, of course. More important, the film's visual effects -- especially the burning of Atlanta and the smoking ruins of the Georgia plantations after Sherman's pillage -- are the most effective and memorable that had been attempted at that time.

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