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Nov 1913 -- Jul 1967

English actress Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley. She is best remembered by American audiences for her Oscar-winning movie roles -- Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire . Besides her memorable film roles, she had a 30-year stage career. She played Ophelia, Juliet and Lady Macbeth in productions of Shakespeare plays and a wide range of other roles, from comedies to dramas. From 1940 to 1960 Vivien Leigh was married to acting icon Laurence Olivier, who also directed her in a few productions. She had a reputation for being difficult to work with and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She also suffered from recurring bouts of tuberculosis, from which she died in London at the age of 54.

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"What you are is a sawed-off philosopher."  
     In the last days of peace before World War II a German ship carries a mixed lot of passengers, of various nationalities, from the Caribbean to Europe. The outstanding cast includes Vivian Leigh (in her last film role), Oskar Werner, George Segal, Elizabeth Ashley, Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin and Jose Ferrer as an obnoxious Nazi sympathizer. Both the good and the bad in human nature are skillfully presented.

1965, Directed by Stanley Kramer

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