After a legendary casting call, Leigh was selected to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar. Leigh worked sparingly in the 1940s in such films as Anna Karenina (1948) and experienced a career revival with A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), for which she received her second Best Actress Oscar.
After winning a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for "Tovarich," Leigh took her final film role in Ship of Fools (1965). She struggled with alcoholism and mental illness and was a heavy smoker, which resulted in her death on July 7, 1967, from tuberculosis.
Married actors Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh star in this story of a tragic love affair. When young Emma Hart (Leigh) marries much older Sir William Hamilton (Alan Mowbray), the British ambassador to the court of Naples, it's an excellent match for her. But a few years later, she meets naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson (Olivier), and the two fall madly in love. That Hamilton Woman earned several Oscar nominations and won for Best Sound.