The Scarlett Letters? Victoria and Albert Museum gets Vivien Leigh archive

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August 14, 1950: Vivien Leigh greets her husband, Laurence Olivier, and daughter, Suzanne Holman, arriving from England.

Britain's Victoria and Albert Museum says it has acquired the archive of  Gone With the Wind star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier. The London museum said Wednesday it bought the archive from Leigh's grandchildren for an undisclosed sum.
The trove includes photographs, annotated film and theater scripts, and thousands of letters from Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Noel Coward and others. There are more than 200 letters exchanged with Olivier, to whom Leigh was married for 20 years.

The British-born star won an Academy Award for playing iron-willed Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara in the U.S. Civil War epic Gone With the Wind.

Here, Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, informs O'Hara that she needs kissing, "often, and by someone who knows how."

Leigh died of tuberculosis in 1967, aged 53.
Some of the material will go on display at the museum this fall.


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