Which unhappily has gone the way of the dodo."I'm so glad that Greer Garson played Elizabeth instead of Vivien Leigh. I'm really looking forward to watching it again in the near future with this upcoming Blu-ray release."
Nobody is a bigger VL fan than I. But I agree in this case. It's a big enough stretch for us to think that Jane surpasses the beautiful, radiant Lizzy as embodied by Garson. O'Sullivan would never had held up to Leigh, despite being ravishing herself.
But apart from that, Garson has a solid, warm, down-to-earth quality that VL would have had to "act." Although Leigh had her own glamorous warmth in "That Hamilton Woman", it was of a different temperature than naturally displayed by Lizzy via Garson.
It is also my conviction that no one was a better ambassador for the sound of the English language than Greer Garson- especially in "Pride & Prejudice."
Olivier loved throwing shade. Why such a great actor and filmmaker could be so small, jealous and ungenerous as a person is difficult to understand.