Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier  


Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married for 20 years. They dated for 2 years after getting together in Nov 1936. After a 1 year engagement they married on 31st Aug 1940. 20 years later they divorced on 2nd Dec 1960.

On Screen Matchups

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were in 3 on-screen matchups, notably 21 Days Together(1940), Fire Over England(1937) and That Hamilton Woman(1941).


British Actor Laurence Olivier passed away on 11th Jul 1989 Steyning, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom aged 82. Born Laurence Kerr Olivier on 22nd May, 1907 in Dorking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom and educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, England, Laurence Olivier is most remembered for Hamlet (1948) in a career that spanned 1963 > 1963 (stage director) and 1932 > 1981 (performer: soundtrack) and 1944 > 1976 (film director) and 1944 > 1978 (film producer) and 1958 > 1985 (tv presenter) and 1941 > 1980 (narrator: short documentaries & tv documentaries & films) and 1937 > 1986 (self) and ???? > ???? (theatre Actor) and 1926 > 1988...............................(OVERALL) and 1926–1988. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

British Actress Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on 5th November, 1913 in Darjeeling, India and passed away on 8th Jul 1967 London, England, UK aged 53. She is most remembered for Gone With The Wind. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingNov 1936 - 1939 2 years, 2 months
Engaged1939 - 31st Aug 1940 1 year, 8 months
Married31st Aug 1940 - Dec 1960 20 years, 3 months
Total Nov 1936 - Dec 1960 24 years, 1 month

(31 August 1940 - 6 January 1961) (divorced)
He first saw Vivien Leigh in The Mask of Virtue in 1936, and a friendship developed after he congratulated her on her performance. While playing lovers in the film Fire Over England (1937), they developed a strong attraction, and after filming was completed, they began an affair. Leigh played Ophelia to Olivier's Hamlet in an Old Vic Theatre production, and Olivier later recalled an incident during which her mood rapidly changed as she was quietly preparing to go on-stage. Without apparent provocation, she began screaming at him, before suddenly becoming silent and staring into space. She was able to perform without mishap, and by the following day, she had returned to normal with no recollection of the event. It was the first time Olivier witnessed such behaviour from her.

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Relationship Timeline

2nd December, 1960 - Divorce

December, 1960 - Breakup

31st August, 1940 - Marriage

1939 - Engagement

November, 1936 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Laurence Olivier
Vivien Leigh
Laurence Olivier
Vivien Leigh
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 10" (178 cm)
5' 3" (160 cm)
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Dark
Eye Color
Anglican / Episcopalian
Roman Catholic

Onscreen Matchups

  • 21 Days Together 21 Days Together 1940
  • Fire Over England Fire Over England 1937
  • That Hamilton Woman That Hamilton Woman 1941



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