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Vivien Leigh's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 11:14 AM

Although her acting career was short when compared to some actors and actresses, it does not mean that Vivien Leigh did not make a major impact on Hollywood and those who hand out the major awards.

Although she only appeared in 19 major films during her three-decade career, two performances in particular set Leigh above many of her contemporaries: that of Scarlett O'Hara ion "Gone with the Wind" and Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire."

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Here's a look at some of the major awards that Leigh earned during her notable acting career:

1. Academy Awards
In baseball, when a player gets as many hits in the same amount of at-bats he or she gets, it is called "batting 1.000." When it comes to nominations by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Leigh batted 1.000, meaning she was nominated twice and won twice.

Leigh was first nominated for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in 1939's "Gone with the Wind." She was part of a group of nominations for the film, which garnered 13 nominations and nine statues, including wins for Outstanding Production, Art Direction, Directing, Actress in a Supporting Role (for Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar), and Leigh for Best Actress. Her competition that year was stiff as she bested Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Irene Dunne, and Greer Garson.

Twelve years later, Leigh was nominated and won again in the same category her role in "A Streetcar Named Desire." The film earned 12 nominations and garnered four victories, including Kim Hunter for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Karl Malden for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Leigh, who was not present at the ceremony.

2. Golden Globe Awards
The Golden Globes were first awarded in 1944, so Leigh would not have been able to win one for her role in "Gone with the Wind." However, she was eligible for one for "A Streetcar Named Desire."

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However, unlike her success with the Oscars, Leigh did not win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress. That honor went to Jane Wyman for her roles in "The Blue Veil."

3. Other Acting Awards
Both of her most memorable awards earned Leigh other acting awards as well. She won the Best Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Association for "Gone with the Wind," then repeated again 12 years later for "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Her turn as Blanche DuBois also earned her best actress honors from the BAFTA Awards, Sant Jordi Awards, and Venice Film Festival.

4. Hollywood Walk of Fame
For her body of work in motion pictures, Leigh also has the honor of having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard and was awarded to her on Feb. 8, 1960.

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