Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vivien Leigh Oscar Night 1940

Oscar Night 1940 banquet at the Coconut Grove: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland.

Vivien Leigh with her Oscar.

Vivien Leigh places the Oscar she won for her role as Scarlett in Gone With The Wind on her mantelpiece at home, 1940 (Peter Stackpole).

Prior to the Oscar Night, L.A. newspapers were given a list of the winners in advance of the awards ceremony (which didn’t start until 11 p.m. after an elaborate banquet) so they could get papers out on the street by midnight. But the L.A. Times broke the embargo and published the names of most of the winners in an early edition before the banquet began. So everyone arriving at the Coconut Grove that night already knew Gone with the Wind would sweep the awards with eight wins; Vivien Leigh would be picking up the Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. There were some very pissed-off stars that night. And some happy ones.

next episode: joseph's oscar


  1. WoW! Fabulous picture. I love how the Oscars are lined up front of them as casually as drinks glasses!

  2. Fabulous lighting in that third shot!

  3. The 3rd picture is fantastic! Vivien Leigh was so beautiful.


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