This was the review (for stage production:
The Mask of Virtue, 1935) that gave Vivien . The following text is the original review:
VIVIEN LEIGH in "The Mask of
It is an agreeable task to be able to welcome a new actress with unrestrained praise.
"The Mask of Virtue" obtained a personal triumph for Vivien Leigh, a discovery
of Sydney Carroll. Miss Leigh is ravishingly pretty which might not matter but that her
talent equals her beauty. She moves with grace. She is lovely in repose. Her voice is most
attractive, and warmth, ardour and sincerity are not wanting in her acting. Vivien Leigh
gave genuine life to the part of the girl enchantingly reconciling her conflicting
qualities. Her quiet dignity in the acceptance of a repugnant task, the growth of
affection, and the awakening to the sense of a triumph odious to her, were beautifully
expressed and composed a performance that grew in loveliness and interest. -- A. E.
Wilson, The Star. May 16th, 1935.
This text taken from Vivien Leigh
by Anne Edwards, Copyright 1977. Please see credits page for bibliography.