Vivien Leigh Quotes
Born: November 5, 1913
Died: July 8, 1967
It's much easier to make people cry than to laugh.
Who could quarrel with Clark Gable? We got on well. Whenever anyone on the set was tired or depressed, it was Gable who cheered that person up. Then the newspapers began printing the story that Gable and I were not getting on. This was so ridiculous it served only as a joke. From the time on the standard greeting between Clark and myself became, 'How are you not getting on today?'
People who are very beautiful make their own laws.
You can't act on an empty stomach, because you're breathing's all wrong.
Streetcar is the most wonderful, wonderful play.
I think acting is an important profession, because acting can give you pleasure and can teach you at the same time, and that is a good thing.
I will not be ignored.
I cannot let well enough alone. I get restless. I have to be doing different things.
I shall play Scarlett O'Hara.
Every single night I'm nervous.
I was sent successively to schools in France, Italy and Bavaria, and this erratic education was a great help afterwards.
My birth sign is Scorpio and they eat themselves up and burn themselves out. I swing between happiness and misery. I am part prude and part nonconformist. I say what I think and I don't pretend and I am prepared to accept the consequences of my actions.
But I remember the morning after The Mask of Virtue-which is the first play I did at the West End-that some critics saw fit to be as foolish as to say that I was a great actress. And I thought, that was a foolish, wicked thing to say, because it put such an onus and such a responsibility onto me, which I simply wasn't able to carry. And it took me years to learn enough to live up to what they said-for those first notices. I find it so stupid. I remember the critic very well, and have never forgiven him.
My friends, when I was young, were always older than I was, and I've always liked them. And I love old men and old ladies, really. But I've known more elderly men, like Max Beerbohm, like Beranard Berenson, like Somerset Maugham, Winston Churchill-I'd put him first, anyway-what they say is so wise and so good. They know what they're talking about.
My husband, who's the greatest actor in the world, can do anything. Look at what he did in The Critic and Oedipus. In every role he gets-he did this in Richard the Third-there's nothing he can't do, nothing. Just nothing.
I never sleep for more than five hours, hardly ever.
Most of us have compromised with life. Those who fight for what they want will always thrill us.
Tired of all her efforts at Tara, Scarlett wishes to escape too: 'I do want to escape too! I'm so very tired of it all!. . . The South is dead, it's dead, the Yankees and the carpetbaggers have got it and there's nothing left for us.'
Streetcar is a most wonderful, wonderful play.
Scarlett: You should die of shame to leave me here alone and helpless. Rhett: You helpless? (laughs) Heaven help the Yankees if they capture you.