I have a web page I visit sometimes that tells me when famous people are having a birthday. This morning when I went there I realized it was Vivien Leigh's birthday today.... one of my favorite female movie stars. I remember seeing her for the first time when I was in the 8th grade, so maybe I was about 13 years old. My history class went to the Ambassador Theater downtown St. Louis to see "Gone With The Wind". I thought she was probably one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I remember wishing I was as pretty as she was. At 13, I don't think most of us feel very pretty. When I was in my early 20's I read whatever books I could find about her life. One thing I read that still stands out for me is that she had said that Clark Gable had terrible bad breath and after reading that I could not look at their love scenes without thinking how much she must have disliked those scenes. I read that she smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day while they were filming the movie, so I wondered with all the smoke around both of them, how bad his breath must have been to stand out amongst the smell of cigarettes.
I loved the scene where she was back home at Tara with Melanie upstairs recovering, when an intruder came in the house. I think she had on an outfit similar to the one in the photo above. Her famous right eyebrow arched up as she looked at the intruder square in the eye and fired the gun. That was the most violent thing I had seen in my young life. Gone With The Wind was full of emotions. It was so strange for me to witness all my fellow classmates, laughing and crying throughout this movie.
I don't watch a whole lot of TV or movies at this time in my life, but I do have several favorites from my younger years. Vivien Leigh is one of my all time favorites.