So.... in the original Streetcar Named Desire Jessica Tandy played Blanche. She was the only actor/actress who was not chosen to be in the movie. Not because she wasn't good. In fact the director thought she was much better than Leigh. Leigh was chosen because they needed star power for the movie. It's also known that the role in this movie pushed Vivien over the edge. She was Bipolar. Marlon Brando stars in William's 1947 play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Jessica Tandy plays Blanche Du Bois.