Vivien Leigh, Opposite Marilyn Monroe
Julia Ormond brings to life actress Vivien Leigh in the new biopic My Week with Marilyn which tells the story of Marilyn Monroe's visit to England in 1956.
"Vivien hated most in the English language the words pretty and beautiful," Julia Ormond says of her research on actress Vivien Leigh. Ormond portrays Leigh in the new biopic My Week with Marilyn, a film about Marilyn Monroe's visit to England to shoot a movie in 1956.
The film Marilyn Monroe came to shoot was The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred by Sir Laurence Olivier, who was also directing the film. At the time of filming, he was married to actress Vivien Leigh. Ormond portrays Leigh during this period in her life when her time in the spotlight had faded. She had been pushed aside to make room for younger, sexier actresses like Monroe (played by Michelle Williams).
Best known for her roles in period pieces like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and romantic comedies like Sabrina, Ormond's most famous role is her portrayal of Susannah opposite Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall. As a social activist, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and mother, this 46-year-old knows how tough it is to stay afloat in Hollywood.
SheKnows sat down with Ormond to get the skinny on bringing Gone With the Wind's most famous actress to life in My Week with Marilyn.
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