LEIGH, VIVIEN. 1913-1967.
Photograph Signed ("Vivien") and Inscribed, 13 1/2 by 10 3/4 inches, no place, , to George Cukor, being a silver gelatin portrait of Leigh, part of the inscription somewhat faint, tape residue to verso, a few stray marks, else fine, matted and framed.
George Cukor had been working for two years on the pre-production for Gone With The Wind but was replaced within three weeks of the start of filming, much to the disappointment of Vivian Leigh and co-star Olivia de Havilland who pleaded with Producer David O. Selznick to reconsider. Although he was not reinstated, Cukor continued to privately coach the two actresses during filming.
Leigh here inscribes this portrait of herself styled as Scarlett O'Hara "My darling George / with my dearest Love" and with the verse: "If I don't work my muse / to scale the heights of a Duse / Then I believe I'd choose / no hope, not abuse / a seat on the Heights of "Cordell."