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Rebecca Screentests: Vivien Leigh Hair & Make-up

Hair and make-up tests for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Vivien Leigh was tested with Margaret Sullivan and Anne Baxter. I left the commentary by film historian Leonard J. Luff in the video because I think it’s interesting.


Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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  1. I really don’t understand the appeal of Margaret Sullavan. She looked awful in these tests! I suspect that’s one of the reasons why she didn’t get the part 😉

  2. If I didnt know what the make-up film for Vivien was for …I wouldve stated that it was from a make-up test film for Streetcar almost 10 yrs later. And she practically looks the same in 1949 as she did in ’39. What do you think Kendra?

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