Vivien Leigh Biopic in Development from Writers of FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
The life of Vivien Leigh will be coming to the big screen! FX's FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are developing a biopic about Ms. Leigh, as reported by Variety. The writers will adapt the biopic from the feature length VIVIEN LEIGH: A BIOGRAPHY From Hugh Vickers.
The film will follow the actress's life, including her relationship with Laurence Olivier, with whom she was married to from 1940 to 1960.
Leigh won two Academy Awards for two legendary films and roles. Her first win was for her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND in 1939, while her other win was for her role as Blanche DuBois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 1951.
Leigh has also graced the Broadway stage in numerous productions, including ROMEO AND JULIET in 1940 (as Juliet), CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA in 1951 (as Cleopatra), DUEL OF ANGELS in 1960 and IVANOV in 1966. She won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Tatiana in TOVARICH.<
Leigh struggled with bipolar disorder throughout her life, as well as reoccurring cases of tuberculosis. She died in 1967 at the age of 53, from complications from tuberculosis.
The film is set to be produced by Tim MacReady and Mira Vucevic from MGR films, as well as David A. Stern.
This is not the only documentary-based project for the Emmy nominated duo of Zam and Cohen. The writers are currently developing a project for TV on William Haines, Hollywood's first openly gay actor. They are also working on a biopic about another movie starlet, Katharine Hepburn, to be titled KATE. This film will follow the secret life of the actress.
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