They were, for a time, the screen’s most exciting and alluring couple. And they weren’t dog people.

Hello, everybody. MR. Joe Morella and MR. Frank Segers, back with one more look at stars and their pets. MRS. Norman Maine is out walking the great Dane.

Olivier and Leigh.  Let’s face it — their personalities fit much closer to the feline than to any other animal.

He, Sir Laurence Olivier, was the most respected actor of his era. She, Vivien Leigh, the most beautiful star of her time. Wuthering Heights and Rebecca made him America’s heartthrob. Scarlett O’Hara gave her the role of a lifetime.

And they made films together as well. Fire Over England before and That Hamilton Woman after their great successes.

She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress. For her roles in Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. He won only one Oscar (Hamlet, 1948) although he was nominated 10 times. And nominated as a director once.

There was Liz and Dick in the 1960s and 70s, of course, but Olivier and Leigh did it with a certain class.

 

 

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