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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Vivien Leigh to be TCM’s Star of the Month

The good people at Turner Classic Movies send me a little viewing guide every month, and this month’s grabbed me — on its cover is a glamorous photo of Vivien Leigh in a white tulle gown, eyeing the camera like she doesn’t quite trust it but is daring it to come closer. The exquisite British actress is TCM’s Star of the Month for September, and in reading Robert Osborne’s essay on her on the opening page, I learned something I hadn’t realized: She made only 19 movies in her entire career, and only eight after “Gone with the Wind,” filmed when she was twenty-six — despite having virtually every script in Hollywood sent her way. There were many reasons, Osborne said: her devotion to stage work, the war, illness both physical and mental. Her screen legacy is small, but often glorious, and TCM will be offering most of it on Tuesdays in September, including “A Streetcar Named Desire” (9/14 and 9/25), “Waterloo Bridge” (9/21), “That Hamilton Woman” (9/21), “Gone with the Wind” (9/14), “Anna Karenina” (9/28), “Caesar and Cleopatra” (9/28), and “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” (9/4, 9/28), as well as two documentaries about Leigh. For scheduling information, see www.tcm.com.
And here’s Leigh, accepting her first Academy Award for “Gone with the Wind” (her second would be for “A Streetcar Named Desire”) — the very picture of beauty and poise.

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