Tipping Over in Black Jersey

At the first rehearsal for the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivien Leigh showed up in a simple black jersey dress. “I like that dress,” Renee Asherson, her Stella, told her. “I’m glad you like it,” Leigh said. “You’re going to see a lot of it in the next few weeks.”

In fact, it was the only outfit she wore to rehearsals, in order to concentrate totally on Blanche DuBois. Which may be why, years later, the famously manic-depressive Leigh ruefully said that playing Blanche “tipped me over into madness.”

Happy Friday!

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