|Laurence Olivier Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 22, 1907|
|Date of Death||July 11, 1989|
Laurence Olivier was an English actor, stage artist, director, and producer who was one of the male actors who dominated the British stage scene of the mid-20th century. Also, his film credits include Wuthering Heights (1939), Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), Spartacus (1960), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Sleuth (1972), and The Boys from Brazil (1978). Olivier’s on-screen work earned him 4 Academy Awards, 2 British Academy Film Awards, 5 Emmy Awards, and 3 Golden Globe Awards while his other honors included a knighthood (1947), a life peerage (1970), and the Order of Merit (1981).
Laurence Kerr Olivier
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He was born on May 22, 1907.
On July 11, 1989, Laurence Olivier died of kidney failure at the age of 82 at his home near Steyning, West Sussex in England, United Kingdom.
Dorking, Surrey, South East England, England, United Kingdom
Laurence Olivier attended many preparatory schools and then passed the singing examination for admission to the choir school of All Saints, Margaret Street, in central London in 1916.
From 1921 to 1924, he studied at St Edward’s School in Oxford. He also trained at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art.
Actor, Stage Artist, Director, Producer
- Father – Reverend Gerard Kerr Olivier (1869-1939) (Former Schoolmaster, Priest of the Church of England)
- Mother – Agnes Louise (née Crookenden) (1871-1920)
- Siblings – Sybille Olivier (1901-1989) (Older Sister), Gerard Dacres “Dickie” (1904-1958) (Older Brother)
- Others – Henry Arnold Olivier (Paternal Grandfather), Anne Elizabeth Hardcastle Arnould (Paternal Grandmother), Isaac Adolphus Crookenden (Maternal Grandfather), Jane Sophia Mitton (Maternal Grandmother)
Laurence Evans was his personal manager.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he had a net worth of $20 Million.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse
Laurence Olivier had dated –
- Shelley Winters
- Terence Morgan – RUMOR
- John Gielgud – RUMOR
- Ivor Novello
- Michael Farmer
- Elissa Landi
- Duke of Kent
- Margot Fonteyn
- Siegfried Sassoon
- Peter Finch
- Graham Payn
- Dorothy Tutin
- Henry Ainley
- Noël Coward
- Jed Harris
- Jill Esmond (1928-1940) – In June 1928, he started dating stage and screen actor Jill Esmond while appearing in Bird in Hand at the Royalty Theatre. They married in 1930 and their son Tarquin Olivier was born on August 21, 1936. The couple divorced in 1940. In a letter to their son, she wrote “It’s funny after all that time how I can still love him so much.” Jill also attended Laurence Olivier’s memorial service in October 1989 at Westminster Abbey in a wheelchair.
- Vivien Leigh (1936-1960) – He married actor Vivien Leigh at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California on August 31, 1940. On December 2, 1960, they divorced after 2 decades of marriage.
- Danny Kaye (1949-1950) – RUMOR
- Marlon Brando (1951)
- Claire Bloom (1955)
- Sarah Miles (1960)
- Joan Plowright (1961-1989) – In 1961, he married actress Joan Plowright and they had 3 children – son Richard (b. December 1961), daughter Tamsin Agnes Margaret (b. January 1963), and daughter Julie-Kate (b. July 1966). The duo remained together until Olivier’s death in 1989.
Race / Ethnicity
Laurence Olivier was of English and French Huguenot descent.
- Rich smooth voice
- Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and royalty figures
- Frequently worked in Shakespeare adaptations
- Often directed himself in his films
Laurence Olivier was cast in TV commercials for the launch of the Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera.
He was raised in an Anglican household as his father was a High Anglican priest.
Laurence Olivier Facts
- On February 8, 1960, he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6319 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- In 1984, the Society of West End Theatre Awards were renamed as Laurence Olivier Awards in honor of the actor.
- His ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey.
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