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SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

BIOGRAPHY
 
Sir Laurence Olivier

An English actor, director, and producer and the recipient of scores of awards. He is one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century.

Olivier's Academy acknowledgments are considerable—fourteen Oscar nominations, with two wins for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet, and two honorary awards including a statuette and certificate.

He was a three-time Golden Globe and BAFTA winner.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Olivier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, at fourteen on the list.

Olivier met and married Jill Esmond, a rising young actress, on July 25, 1930.

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married on 31 August 1940.

In 1947 Olivier was knighted as a Knight Bachelor and by 1948 he was on the Board of Directors for the Old Vic Theatre, and he and Leigh embarked on a tour of Australia and New Zealand to raise funds for the theatre.

He left Vivien Leigh for Plowright, a decision that apparently gave him a sense of guilt for the rest of his life. Olivier married actress Joan Plowright on St. Patrick's Day, 1961. Leigh died in 1967.

In 1986, Olivier appeared as the pre-filmed holographic narrator of the West End production of the multi-media Dave Clark rock musical Time

In 1988 Olivier gave his final performance, aged 81, as a wheelchair-bound old soldier in Derek Jarman's film War Requiem (1989).

He died at his home in Steyning, West Sussex, England, from the effects of dermato-poly-myositis, a rare degenerative muscle disorder in 1989 at the age of 82.

Films include.

1930 The Temporary Widow
1930 Too Many Crooks
1931 Pothipar's Wife
1931 Friends and Lovers
1931 The Yellow Ticket
1932 Westward Passage , Zasu Pitts
1933 Perfect Understanding
1933 No Funny Business
1935 Moscow Nights
1936 As You Like It
1937 Fire Over England
1938 The Divorce of Lady X
1939 Q Planes
1939 Wuthering Heights
1940 21 Days
1940 Rebecca
1940 Pride and Prejudi
1940 Conquest of the Air
1941 That Hamilton Woman
1941 Forty-Ninth Parallel
1943 The Demi-Paradise
1944 This Happy Breed
1944 Henry V
1948 Hamlet
1951 The Magic Box
1952 Carrie
1953 The Beggar's Opera
1955 Richard III
1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
1959 The Devil's Disciple
1960 The Entertainer
1960 Spartacus
1962 Term of Trial
1963 Uncle Vanya
1965 Bunny Lake is Missing
1965 Othello
1966 Khartoum
1968 Romeo and Juliet
1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
1969 The Dance of Death
1969 The Battle of Britain
1970 Three Sisters
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
1972 Sleuth
1974 The Rehearsal
1976 Marathon Man
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
1977 A Bridge Too Far
1978 The Betsy
1978 The Boys from Brazil
1979 A Little Romance
1979 Dracula
1980 The Jazz Singer
1981 Inchon
1981 Clash of the Titans
1983 The Jigsaw Man
1984 The Bounty
1985 Wild Geese II
1989 War Requiem
2003 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

All information may be obtained at the web address above.

Thank you.

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