London has a reputation for being home to some of the greatest and most prestigious museums and art galleries in the world, and anyone planning a visit to the city in the coming months will have the chance to see a brand new display at one of the city’s top venues, documenting the life and times of one of Britain’s most celebrated superstars.
Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh, who is best known for her role as the iconic Scarlet O’Hara in the 1939 smash hit Gone with the Wind – in which she starred alongside Clark Gable – is currently being celebrated at the National Portrait Gallery, with an exhibition of more than 50 rare portraits of the star herself.
Entitled Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration, the collection has been put together to mark a hundred years since her birth, and will remain on show until July 2014, giving visitors to London plenty of time to see it.
The exhibition contains a number of rare vintage photographs of the actress, as well as magazine covers and film stills from movies in which she starred.
Generally recognised as one of the greatest dramatists the UK has ever produced, Leigh worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood between the 1930s and the 1960.
Among these were the likes of Marlon Brando, with whom she appeared in the 1951 film production of Tennessee Williams’s famous play A Streetcar Named Desire.
Leigh was also married to fellow actor Laurence Olivier, with the pair having appeared together in a number of films, and several photographs of the couple on the set of movies like Fire Over England can also be seen in the exhibition.
The National Portrait Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, and is close to a number of tube stations including Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.