The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has acquired the Vivien Leigh Archive. The actress, who passed away in 1967, would have turned 100 this year.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Vivien Leigh Archive contains several pieces of memorabilia from the actress’ illustrious career. Leigh starred in several movies but she is best known for her Oscar winning performances in Street Car Named Desire and Gone With The Wind.
The Vivien Leigh archive features both of the actress’ Oscars, several photos of her co-stars, and the diary that she kept from age 16 until her death. The LA Times notes that the archive also includes letters to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and her husband Laurence Olivier.
Martin Roth, director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said: “Vivien Leigh is undoubtedly one of the U.K.’s greatest luminaries of stage and screen and, along with Laurence Olivier, remains a true star of her time. We are thrilled to acquire her archive intact in this centenary year of her birth and to be able to make it available to the public for the first time.”
The archive was acquired by the museum from Leigh’s children. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but the museum said that it would start showing showing items from the collection this Fall. Roth said that the museum would be showing a “revolving selection” from the Vivien Leigh archive.
Here’s a video of Vivien Leigh accepting her Oscar for Gone With The Wind.