The Most Beautiful Woman In Hollywood Struggled All Her Life With Illnesses That No One Knew About
It was around this time that she met fellow actor Laurence Olivier. She immediately fell for him and proclaimed that she would marry him someday. Soon, they started playing on the same stage. At first, their relationship was just sympathy but then a whirlwind romance started. Olivier’s wife and Vivien’s husband didn’t agree to grant divorces for a long time. The couple got married after 6 years.
In these 6 years, a lot had happened. Vivien had already won an Oscar for ‘Gone with the Wind’ and he was now a top Hollywood actress. This became troubling for Olivier. He became jealous and suspicious of Vivien. He himself was a famous actor and director but couldn’t tolerate his wife’s success. They worked together in ‘That Hamilton Woman’ directed by Olivier and they became the most beautiful couple in Hollywood.
During the shooting of Caesar and Cleopatra, she suffered her second miscarriage. This led to a nervous breakdown and her anger was like a storm. At the peak of her fame, she went on a tour to Africa. Upon returning, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Though her treatment started, she started suffering bouts of madness. She would fight with Laurence and forget, she would go from euphoric to exhausted in minutes.
Vivien was desperate for a cure. She thought for a long time that it was all due to stress but then she had to go to a doctor. No one gave her an exact diagnosis and very radical methods like electroconvulsive therapy were used on her. This only made her symptoms worse. Later it would be discovered that she was suffering from bipolar disorder that was triggered by the TB medications she had been given.
10She leaves the spotlight
Her mood swings were affecting her on stage as well so she had to leave the spotlight. She thought that directors didn’t want to take her seriously because she was too beautiful. But in reality, no one wanted to work with her because of her mood swings. Vivien tried hard to not let her illness affect her work but people were biased.