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VIVIEN LEIGH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/12/1962 - HFSID 190497

Leigh handwrote, dated and signed this letter on stationery from the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia, Australia in 1962. In it, she thanks "Dearest Arnold" for sending her a batch of reviews and complains about the weather where she is.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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VIVIEN LEIGH
Leigh handwrote, dated and signed this letter on stationery from the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia, Australia in 1962. In it, she thanks "Dearest Arnold" for sending her a batch of reviews and complains about the weather where she is.
Autograph letter signed "Vivien" in blue ink. 2 pages, 8x10¼, 1 sheet, front and verso, on stationery from the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. Jan. 12, 1962, with stamp in black ink in upper right corner of page 1: "Jan 16, 1962". Addressed to "Dearest Arnold". In full: "Dearest Arnold. Sweet of you to send the reviews. Thank you. I could wish they liked the story better - but am not reelly [sic] surprised - & am naturally thrilled about the personal aspect - & for José - Here we have broken all records for prolonged [illegible] heat - so you can image how wearying it has been. Moreover a [illegible] number of sharks are spotted nearly every day - We are not safe Clarence we are not safe!! - I endure the S. American itinerary. You will see what kind of [illegible] we are - It will be so tiring but should be interesting too. Truly we are well dear Arnold - Jack sends his love & thanks too for your Xmas card - as do I - & send both - more love". Leigh (1913-1967, born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India, now India) was a British stage and film actress. She won Academy Awards for Best Actress as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939) and as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). She came to America in November 1938. On December 21st, she had a screen test for the Scarlett O'Hara role and on December 25, 1938 she was told by producer George Cukor that she had secured the part. On January 26, 1939, she began filming Gone With The Wind. Leigh was an accomplished actress on the British stage as well. She appeared in London's Old Vic Theatre opposite Lawrence Olivier as Ophelia in Hamlet in the late 1930s; the two started an affair and were married in 1940, divorcing in 1960. She was only 53 when she succumbed to a severe bout of tuberculosis in 1967. Lightly creased. Light tears and staple holes in upper left corner. Two lightly-torn binder holes near top edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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