i came across this picture of vivien leigh, taken in 1958.
i cannot stop looking at it.
it was taken by roloff beny.
she was 45.
she had won 2 oscars.
one for playing scarlett o'hara
and one for playing blanche dubois.
she transcended some overwrought material
(sorry margaret and tennesee) to create characters
who became immortal.
by the time this photo was taken,
she had lived a life that was sadly more
dramatic than any character she played.
she felt handicapped by her beauty,
and beny was masterful at
photographing majestic ruins.
worked out well for this photo.
if you want to read more about her,