THE chance to see the glamorous life of English film stars of yesteryear is available to residents.

Leigh Collection, a roomset full of furniture, paintings and other decorative interior accessories that used to grace the homes of the double Oscar and Tony Award winner, Vivien Leigh, in its Cotswolds gallery in Broadway will be open to the public.

From Friday June 8 to Sunday June 17, the Vivien Leigh Collection will take pride of place in Haynes Fine Art's Cotswolds gallery in the heart of Broadway at Picton House, High Street, Broadway.

It is now 50 years since the death of the celebrated double Oscar and Tony Award winner, who shot to fame in her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 American epic 'Gone With The Wind', playing opposite Clark Gable (Rhett Butler).

Haynes Fine Art - London and Cotswolds is furnishing a roomset, with pieces from the homes the British actress shared with her husband Sir Laurence Olivier.

The decorative roomset provides an insight into the actress’s personal life showing her passion for interior design and modern British and colourful French paintings. Highlights include Les Anemones by Louis Valtat.

Furniture includes an early 19th century backgammon and chess table, after a design by John Maclean; an 18th century Chippendale style chair, an 18th century fruitwood card table, a library armchair, a tapestry wing-back armchair and a dressing table mirror, where Vivien Leigh would have sat putting on her make-up and brushing her hair.

There is also a pair of Mannerist style theatrical torchères, a selection of 20th century paintings, rugs and objets d’art, as well as a hand towel bearing the embroidered initials V.L.O.

Senior partner, Tony Haynes said: "The business has been in my family since my father started it in 1971.

"The Vivien Leigh Collection is not for sale. I think it should be kept together, rather than individual pieces disappearing to various parts of the world. My father bought 92 roomsets over the years; this is my first, which we are proud to share with visitors during the Broadway Arts Festival.

"I have been offered some serious money for some of the pieces, but my children, who have joined the business, can decide how it will be used in years to come."