Vivien Leigh

0512_INFO_VivienLeighFamous for her role as Scarlet O' Hara in Gone with the Wind, Vivien Leigh lived with mental illness most of her adult life.

In the mid-twentieth century, Vivien Leigh was the most famous actress in the world - Oscar-winning star of Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire - and married to Laurence Olivier. Her private life and eventually her career were disrupted by mental illness. It wasn't until her forties that it was discovered she had bipolar disorder. At the time there was no effective medication for this condition and little understanding of mental illness. Nowadays, people with bipolar disorder can get on with their lives again - when they receive the medication, treatment and support they need.