Laurence Olivier

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Olivier
OM

Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Born 22 May 1907(1907-05-22)
Dorking, Surrey,
United Kingdom
Died 11 July 1989(1989-07-11) (aged 82)
Steyning, West Sussex,
United Kingdom
Cause of death Renal failure
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1926–1988
Spouse Jill Esmond (m. 1930–1940; divorced)
Vivien Leigh (m. 1940–1960; divorced)
Joan Plowright (m. 1961–1989; his death)
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters
Relatives Sydney Olivier (uncle, deceased)
Noel Olivier (cousin, deceased)
Website
http://www.laurenceolivier.com/

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century.[1] He was the youngest actor to be knighted and the first to be raised to the peerage.[2] Olivier married English actresses Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright.

Actor Spencer Tracy said that Olivier was 'the greatest actor in the English-speaking world'.[3] In 1999, the American Film Institute named Olivier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, at number 14 on the list.

Olivier had many awards: twelve Oscar nominations, with two wins (for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet), plus two honorary awards including a statuette and certificate. He was also awarded five Emmy awards. Additionally, he was a three-time Golden Globe and BAFTA winner. In 1976 he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award.

Olivier's ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Hodgdon, Barbara. Shakespeare Quarterly, "From the Editor", Fall, 2002
  2. "Picks and Pans: Pages; Midnight Sweets". People Magazine. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20119394,00.html. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  3. Tracy quoted in By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall (Harper Paperbacks 2006), pp. 214-15.