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Vivien Leigh archive goes on display at designer's home

Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains Image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image caption Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains in the film Caesar and Cleopatra, 1945

More than 100 items celebrating the life of Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh have gone on display at the home of her favourite costume designer.

"Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives" includes pieces by set and costume designer Oliver Messel.

The exhibition is being held at the National Trust-owned Nymans property in West Sussex, until 4 September.

It features outfits, photos and scripts on loan from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.

It acquired the archive from the Gone with the Wind star's grandchildren in 2013.

It covers all aspects of Leigh's life and career, as detailed in diaries she started writing when she was 16-years-old in 1929 and kept until her death in 1967.

Image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image caption Director Gabriel Pascal, Oliver Messel and Vivien Leigh discussing the screenplay for Caesar and Cleopatra in 1944
Image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image caption Leigh on the front cover of Ladies Home Journal, September 1940
Image copyright National Trust Images, David McHugh
Image caption Leigh's headdress for her role in A Midsummer Nights Dream, designed by Oliver Messel
Image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image caption Leigh with Noel Coward, at his home Les Avants, Switzerland, 1960
Image copyright National Trust Images, Sarah Newton
Image caption Stereoscopic slide of Leigh in her dressing room, Huntington Hartford Theatre, Hollywood

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