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Laurence Olivier

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Laurence Olivier

English actor, director, and produceradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1907.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), United States (19%), (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Vivien Leigh, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson

Linked to: American Film Institute, Central School of Speech and Drama, St Christopher School, Letchworth, St Edward's School, Oxford

 

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Laurence Olivier was born in 1907 add something


1918

In 1918, his father became the new church minister at St. Mary's Church, Letchworth, Hertfordshire and the family lived at the Old Rectory, now part of St Christopher School. add something


1922

He was severely criticised for doing so by purists, most notably Ethel_Barrymore; Barrymore stated that the adaptation was not nearly as faithful to the original text as her brother John's stage production from 1922. add something


1923

George Robey - Among his most notable roles were Sancho Panza in both the 1923 film versions of "Don Quixote", as Ali Baba in the 1934 film version of the musical comedy "Chu Chin Chow", and as the dying Falstaff in Laurence Olivier's film version of Shakespeare's "Henry V"


1926

In 1926, he joined The Birmingham Repertory Company. add something


1928

In 1928, he was cast to play Captain Stanhope in the Apollo theatre's first production of Journey's End, a play which would expand his career. add something

 

Jill Esmond - In 1928 she appeared in the production of "Bird in the Hand" where she met fellow cast member Laurence Olivier for the first time

 

R. C. Sherriff - It was given a single Sunday performance, on 9 December 1928, by the Incorporated Stage Society at the Apollo Theatre, directed by James Whale and with the 21-year-old Laurence Olivier in the lead role


1930

His stage breakthrough was in Noel Coward's Private Lives in 1930, followed by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in 1935, alternating the roles of Romeo and Mercutio with John Gielgud. add something

 

Olivier married Jill Esmond, a rising young actress, on 25 July 1930; their only son, Simon Tarquin was born on 21 August 1936. add something

 

Donald Crisp - Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he appeared in a wide range of roles alongside some of the era's biggest stars, including Katharine Hepburn in "The Little Minister" , Charles Laughton and Clark Gable in "Mutiny on the Bounty" , Bette Davis and Henry Fonda in "That Certain Woman" , Laurence Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" , Errol Flynn in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" and "The Sea Hawk" and Gregory Peck in "The Valley of Decision"


1933

Lewis Gilbert - In 1933, at the age of 13, he had a role in Victor Hanbury's and John Stafford's "Dick Turpin", and at age 17 a small uncredited role in "The Divorce of Lady X" opposite Laurence Olivier


1934

Peggy Ashcroft - Stardom came in 1934 when she played Juliet in a legendary production of "Romeo and Juliet", at the New Theatre, in which Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud alternated in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio


1936

Laurence Olivier saw Vivien Leigh in The Mask of Virtue in 1936, and a friendship developed after he congratulated her on her performance. add something


1937

Leo Genn - In 1937 he was Horatio in Tyrone Guthrie's production of "Hamlet", with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet, in Elsinore Denmark

 

Judith Anderson - In 1937, she joined the Old Vic Company in London and played Lady Macbeth opposite Laurence Olivier in a production by Michel Saint-Denis, at the Old Vic and the New Theatre


1939

In 1939, Olivier starred in a production of No Time for Comedy, by S.N. Behrman in a Katharine Cornell production with them both in leading roles. add something


1940

His tension towards Gielgud came to a head in 1940, when Olivier approached London impresario Binkie Beaumont about financing him in a repertory of the four great Shakespearean tragedies of Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear. add something

 

Max Adrian - He appeared in several British films in the 1940s, before playing the Dauphin in the Laurence Olivier production of "Henry V"

 

Paul Scofield - Scofield began his stage career in 1940 with a debut performance in "Desire Under the Elms" at the Westminster Theatre, and was soon being compared to Laurence Olivier

 

Vivien Leigh - In February 1940, Jill Esmond agreed to divorce Olivier, and Leigh Holman agreed to divorce Leigh, although they maintained a strong friendship for the rest of Leigh's life

 

Garson Kanin - Kanin and Katharine Hepburn were the only witnesses to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh's wedding in California on August 31, 1940

 

Vivien Leigh - On 31 August 1940, Olivier and Leigh were married in Santa Barbara, California, in a ceremony attended only by their witnesses, Katharine Hepburn and Garson Kanin


1942

Louis MacNeice - The radio play "Christopher Columbus", produced in 1942 and later published as a book, featured music by William Walton, conducted by Adrian Boult, and starred Laurence Olivier


1944

In 1944 he and fellow actor Ralph Richardson were released from their naval commitments to form a new Old Vic Theatre Company at the New Theatre with a nightly repertory of three plays, initially Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man and Shakespeare's Richard III, rehearsed over 10 weeks to the accompaniment of German V1 'doodlebugs'. add something

 

In 1944, Olivier filmed Henry V, which—in view of the patriotic nature of the story of the English victory—was viewed as a psychological contribution to the British war effort. add something

 

With Britain engaged in World War II, the Oliviers returned to England, and in 1944 tuberculosis was diagnosed in Leigh's left lung, but after spending several weeks in hospital, she appeared to be cured. add something

 

Leo Genn - In 1944, the actor was given official leave to appear as the Constable of France in Laurence Olivier's "Henry V"


1945

In 1945 Olivier and Richardson were made honorary Lieutenants with ENSA, and did a six-week tour of Europe for the army, performing Arms and the Man, Peer Gynt and Richard III for the troops, followed by a visit to the Comedie-Française in Paris, the first time a foreign company had been invited to play on its famous stage. add something

 

Ralph Richardson - In 1945 Richardson and Olivier led the company in a tour of Germany, where they were seen by many thousands of servicemen; they appeared at the Comedie Française in Paris .


1947

In 1947 Olivier was made 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. add something

 

Olivier was created a Knight Bachelor on 12 June 1947 in the King's Birthday Honours, and created a life peer on 13 June 1970 in the Queen's Birthday Honours as Baron Olivier, of Brighton in the County of Sussex, the first actor to be accorded this distinction. add something

 

Vivien Leigh - In 1947, Olivier was knighted; and Leigh accompanied him to Buckingham Palace for the investiture

 

Trevor Howard - In 1947, he was invited by Laurence Olivier to play Petruchio in an Old Vic production of "The Taming of the Shrew"


1948

Vivien Leigh - By 1948, Olivier was on the board of directors for the Old Vic Theatre, and he and Leigh embarked on a six month tour of Australia and New Zealand to raise funds for it

 

Peter Finch - During this time, Finch's closeness to the Olivier family led to an affair with Olivier's beautiful but increasingly unstable wife, Vivien Leigh, which began in 1948, and continued on and off for several years, ultimately falling apart due to her deteriorating mental condition.

 

John Gielgud - It became rumoured that Gielgud provided the voice for the uncredited role of the Ghost of Hamlet's Father in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version, but the voice was actually that of Olivier, electronically distorted.


1949

The enterprise, with John Burrell as manager, eventually extended to five acclaimed seasons ending in 1949, after a prestigious 1948 tour of Australia and New Zealand. add something


1950

Jean Marsh - During the 1950s and 1960s, Marsh made many appearances on British and American television including an episode of "The Twilight Zone" called "The Lonely" , in which she played Alicia, a very lifelike and attractive female robot; "The Moon and Sixpence" opposite Laurence Olivier and Denholm Elliot; "The Wonderful World of Disney" ; "Gideon's Way" ; "I Spy" ; "The Saint" ; and "UFO"

 

Danny Kaye - There are persistent claims that Kaye was homosexual or bisexual, and some sources assert that Kaye and Laurence Olivier had a ten-year relationship in the 1950s while Olivier was still married to Vivien Leigh


1951

In 1951, Leigh and Olivier performed two plays about Cleopatra, William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, alternating the play each night and winning good reviews. add something

 

Wilfrid Hyde-White - He continued to act on the stage, and played opposite Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "Antony and Cleopatra" in 1951

 

Vivien Leigh - In 1951, Leigh and Olivier performed two plays about Cleopatra, William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", alternating the play each night and winning good reviews


1952

They took the productions to New York, where they performed a season at the Ziegfeld Theatre into 1952. add something


1953

Leigh recovered sufficiently to play The Sleeping Prince with Olivier in 1953, and in 1955 they performed a season at Stratford-upon-Avon in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus. add something

 

In January 1953, Leigh travelled to Ceylon to film Elephant Walk with Peter Finch. add something

 

Vivien Leigh - In 1953, Leigh recovered sufficiently to play "The Sleeping Prince" with Olivier; and, in 1955, they performed a season at Stratford-upon-Avon in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", "Macbeth", and "Titus Andronicus"


1955

This role had been lauded as Olivier's greatest, and is arguably his greatest screen performance. add something

 

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence - Actors who have played George on screen include Sir John Gielgud in Laurence Olivier's 1955 film, Nigel Hawthorne in Richard Loncraine's 1995 version, and on Television, Patrick Garland, Charles Kay and Paul Jesson in BBC filming of the War of the Roses cycles in 1960, 1965, and 1983 respectively

 

John Gielgud - But Gielgud didn't always have the magic touch, staging a disappointing revival of Twelfth Night with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1955 and a disastrous production of Macbeth with Ralph Richardson in 1952.

 

Clive Morton - In 1955, he appeared in Laurence Olivier's "Richard III" and is recalled by fans of "Doctor Who" for his role as Trenchard in "The Sea Devils" in 1972

 

Vivien Leigh - Kenneth Tynan ridiculed Leigh's performance opposite Olivier in the 1955 production of "Titus Andronicus", commenting that she "receives the news that she is about to be ravished on her husband's corpse with little more than the mild annoyance of one who would have preferred foam rubber


1957

In 1957, he directed and acted in The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe. add something

 

John Osborne, author of Look Back in Anger, wrote a play for Olivier entitled The Entertainer, centred on a washed-up stage comedian called Archie Rice, which opened at the Royal Court on 10 April 1957. add something

 

During rehearsals of The Entertainer, Olivier met Joan Plowright, who took over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when Tony Richardson's Royal Court production transferred to the Palace Theatre in September 1957. add something

 

Judi Dench - In Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn", which depicts the making of the 1957 film "The Prince and the Showgirl" starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, Dench played late British actress Sybil Thorndike during her work on set of the Laurence Olivier film

 

Joan Plowright - In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in the original London production of John Osborne's "The Entertainer", taking over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when the play transferred from the Royal Court to the Palace Theatre

 

Tony Richardson - Then in 1957 he directed Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice in Osborne's next play "The Entertainer", again for the Royal Court


1958

In 1958, considering her marriage to be over, Leigh began a relationship with the actor Jack Merivale, who knew of Leigh's medical condition and assured Olivier he would care for her. add something

 

Anthony Valentine - In 1958, Valentine appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Irene Worth in a production of Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" as part of the "ITV Play of the Week" series

 

Vivien Leigh - In 1958, considering her marriage to be over, Leigh began a relationship with the actor Jack Merivale, who knew of Leigh's medical condition and assured Olivier he would care for her


1959

Robert Hardy - In 1959 he appeared as Sicinius opposite Laurence Olivier in "Coriolanus" at Stratford-upon-Avon, directed by Peter Hall

 

Robert Mulligan - In 1959 he won an Emmy *award for directing "The Moon and Sixpence", a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Laurence Olivier

 

Vanessa Redgrave - In 1959 she appeared at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre under the direction of Peter Hall as Helena in "A Midsummer's Night Dream" opposite Charles Laughton as Bottom and "Coriolanus" opposite Laurence Olivier , Albert Finney and Edith Evans

 

Albert Finney - Then in 1959 he appeared at Stratford in "Coriolanus" opposite Laurence Olivier , Edith Evans and Vanessa Redgrave


1960

Later, in 1960, Tony Richardson directed the screen version with Olivier and Plowright repeating their stage roles. add something

 

Anthony Quinn - He appeared on Broadway to great acclaim in Becket, as King Henry II to Laurence Olivier's Thomas_Becket in 1960.

 

Dezo Hoffmann - He earned international acclaim in the 1960s, shooting photographs of well known pop and showbiz personalities, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, The Kinks, The Shadows, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Elton John, Omar Sharif and Pink Floyd

 

Vivien Leigh - In 1960, she and Olivier divorced and Olivier married actress Joan Plowright

 

Miriam Karlin - In 1960, she appeared opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the film of John Osborne's play "The Entertainer"

 

Tom Baker - In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Baker was part of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre company and had his first big film break in 1971 with the role of Rasputin in the film "Nicholas and Alexandra"

 

Maggie Smith - She became a fixture at the Royal National Theatre in the 1960s, most notably for playing Desdemona in "Othello" opposite Laurence Olivier and earning her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1965 film version


1961

George C. Scott - He appeared opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Julie Harris in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory for television in 1961.

 

Arthur Kennedy (actor) - In 1961 he played the title role in "Becket", opposite Laurence Olivier as Henry II.

 

Patty Duke - In 1961, Duke returned to television in her teenage years, starring with Laurence Olivier and George C. Scott in a television production of "The Power and the Glory

 

Joan Plowright - She divorced him and, in 1961, married Laurence Olivier after the breaking of his 20-year marriage with the actress Vivien Leigh

 

Vivien Leigh - Merivale joined her for a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Latin America that lasted from July 1961 until May 1962, and Leigh enjoyed positive reviews without sharing the spotlight with Olivier


1962

Moliere - In his memoir "A Terrible Liar," actor Hume Cronyn writes that, in 1962, celebrated actor Laurence Olivier criticized Molière in a conversation with him


1963

He became first NT Director at the Old Vic before the South Bank building was constructed with his opening production of Hamlet in October 1963. add something

 

Max Adrian - Adrian was one of the original members of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic from 1963, and appeared as Polonius in the opening production of "Hamlet", in which Peter O'Toole played the Prince

 

Kenneth Tynan - In 1963, Laurence Olivier became the British National Theatre Company's first artistic director


1964

Innokenty Smoktunovsky - In 1964, he was cast in the role of Hamlet in Grigori Kozintsev's celebrated screen version of Shakespeare's play, which won him praise from Laurence Olivier as well as the Lenin Prize


1965

Michael Gambon - He made his film debut in the Laurence Olivier "Othello" in 1965

 

Ian McKellen - In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to rôles at the Chichester Festival.

 

Anthony Hopkins - In 1965, after several years in repertory, he was spotted by Sir Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre.


1966

In 1966, Olivier portrayed the Mahdi, opposite Charlton Heston as General Gordon in the film Khartoum. add something


1968

 

Michael Anderson (director) - He directed the 1968 film "The Shoes of the Fisherman" starring Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud

 

Arthur Lowe - In 1968 Lowe was invited by Laurence Olivier to act at the National Theatre at the Old Vic and appeared in Somerset Maugham's "Home and Beauty" in 1968 and later "The Tempest" in 1974 with John Gielgud


1969

William Walton - After his experience over Battle of Britain, Walton declared that he would write no more film music, but he was persuaded by Olivier to compose the score for a film of Chekhov's Three Sisters in 1969.

 

Tim Barlow - Barlow left the army in 1969 to pursue a career in acting, receiving advice from Trevor Nunn and Sir Laurence Olivier


1970

Olivier's final film as director was the 1970 film Three Sisters, based on the Chekhov play of the same name, and his 1967 National Theatre production. add something


1972

Laurence Olivier in 1972, during the production of Sleuth. add something

 

Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Mankiewicz made more films, however, garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Direction in 1972 for "Sleuth", his final directing effort, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine


1973

Olivier's career at the National ended, in his view, in betrayal when the theatre's governorship decided to replace him with Peter Hall in 1973 without consulting him on the choice and not informing him of the decision until several months after it had been made. add something

 

Katharine Cornell - For her 80th birthday party in 1973, an assistant put together a tape of birthday greetings from Laurence Olivier, John_Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson, among many other actors whom she had known

 

Eduardo De Filippo - In 1973 a production of his "Sabato, domenica e lunedi" , starring Laurence Olivier in the lead role, won the London drama critics' *award


1974

In 1974, at age 67, he was found to have dermatomyositis, a degenerative muscle disorder, and nearly died the following year, but he battled through the next decade. add something

 

His final stage appearance, on 21 March 1974, was as the fiery Glaswegian, John Tagg, in John Dexter's production of Trevor Griffiths's The Party. add something


1975

In 1975 he appeared as an aging British barrister, opposite Katharine Hepburn, in a British TV production of Love Among the Ruins. add something

 

Sean Connery - Apart from The Man Who Would Be King and The Wind and the Lion, both released in 1975, most of Connery's successes in the next decade were as part of ensemble casts in films such as Murder on the Orient Express with Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud and A Bridge Too Far co-starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Olivier.


1976

The only appearance he made on the stage of the new Olivier Theatre was at the royal opening of the new National Theatre building on 25 October 1976. add something

 

Robert Duvall - In 1976 Duvall played supporting roles in The Eagle Has Landed and as Dr. Watson in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution opposite Nicol Williamson, Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave and Sir Laurence Olivier.

 

Michael Apted - In 1976 he directed a play in the Granada TV Series " Laurence Olivier Presents"

 

Roy Scheider - In 1976, he appeared as secret agent Doc Levy in "Marathon Man", with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier


1977

Joanne Woodward - She eventually worked with Olivier in 1977, in a television production of Come Back, Little Sheba.


1978

Alan Bates - On television, his parts ranged from classic roles such as 1978's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" , in the " Laurence Olivier Presents" episode of Harold Pinter's "The Collection" , "A Voyage Round My Father" working again with Laurence Olivier, "An Englishman Abroad" , and "Pack of Lies"

 

Kathleen Beller - She played Betsy in 1978's "The Betsy", starring Laurence Olivier, Tommy_Lee_Jones and Robert Duvall


1979

Jan Francis - In 1979 she starred in "Dracula" as Mina Van Helsing, opposite Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing

 

Sylvester McCoy - McCoy had a small role in the 1979 film "Dracula" opposite Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence, and has sung with the Welsh National Opera


1980

Neil Diamond - A planned film version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" to star Diamond and Streisand fell through when Diamond instead starred in a 1980 remake of the Al Jolson classic, The Jazz Singer, opposite Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz.

 

Lucie Arnaz - Arnaz has made some feature film appearances, the most prominent of which was 1980's "The Jazz Singer", in which she co-starred with singer Neil Diamond and renowned actor Laurence Olivier


1981

He was admitted to the Order of Merit in 1981, the first actor to be so honoured. add something

 

In 1981 he appeared in Brideshead Revisited, the final episode of which revolved entirely around Olivier's character Lord Marchmain, patriarch of the Flyte family, as he came home to die. add something

 

John Mortimer - In 1981 it was remade by Thames Television with Laurence Olivier as the father and Alan Bates as young Mortimer

 

Ursula Andress - In 1981's "Clash of the Titans" she co-starred with Laurence Olivier


1983

Finally, in 1983 Olivier played his last great Shakespearean role, King Lear, for Granada Television. add something

 

John Hurt - Also in 1983 he starred as the Fool opposite Laurence Olivier's King in "King Lear"

 

John Gielgud - In 1983, he made his second onscreen appearance with fellow theatrical knights Laurence Olivier and Ralph_Richardson (following Olivier's own Richard III) in a television miniseries about composer Richard Wagner.


1984

The Laurence Olivier Awards, organised by The Society of London Theatre, were renamed in his honour in 1984. add something

 

John Mortimer - Mortimer adapted John Fowles's "The Ebony Tower", starring Laurence Olivier for Granada in 1984

 

Vanessa Redgrave - She was *awarded the Laurence Olivier *award for Actress of the Year in a Revival in 1984 for "The Aspern Papers"


1985

Scott Glenn - After that he appeared in a gothic horror film "The Keep", action films like "Wild Geese II" opposite Laurence Olivier, "Silverado" , "The Challenge" and drama films like "The Right Stuff" , TV film "Countdown to Looking Glass" , "The River" and "Off Limits" as he alternately played good guys and bad guys during the 1980s


1986

In 1986, Olivier appeared as the pre-filmed holographic narrator of the West End production of the multimedia Dave Clark rock musical Time. add something

 

Colin Firth - In 1986, he starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in "Lost Empires", a TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel, in 1987 he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's "A Month in the Country"

 

Robert K. Massie - This book inspired a 1986 NBC miniseries that won three Emmy Awards and starred Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave


1987

On 31 May 1987 the National Theatre put on a 80th birthday tribute pageant, with Olivier, and his family in attendance. add something

 

Julia McKenzie - McKenzie appeared in a National Theatre 80th birthday tribute to Lord Olivier, "Happy Birthday, Sir Larry" on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier himself


1988

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

 

Sean Bean - " He reunited with the director on "War Requiem" in 1988, which starred Laurence Olivier


1989

Olivier died at his home in Steyning, West Sussex, England, from renal failure on 11 July 1989. add something

 

Olivier died at his home in Ashurst, West Sussex, England, from renal failure on 11 July 1989 add something


1990

Penelope Keith - Penelope Keith has been President of the Actors' Benevolent Fund since 1990, taking over after the death of Lord Olivier, and is president of the South West Surrey National Trust


1992

Patrick Stewart - For his performances in this play, Stewart has received the Drama Desk *award for Best Solo Performance in 1992 and the Laurence Olivier *award for Best Entertainment for Solo Performance in 1994


1998

Olivier became the first person to direct himself in an Oscar-winning performance, a feat not repeated until Roberto Benigni directed himself to Best Actor of 1998 for "Life Is Beautiful" add something


1999

An English lecturer from Exeter University discovered 13 versions of the supposedly lost screenplay of "Macbeth" at the British Library, part of a trove of papers bought by the Library from Olivier's family in 1999 add something

 

Vivien Leigh - The British Library in London purchased the papers of Laurence Olivier from his estate in 1999


2000

Richard Burton - In 2000, Ellis Amburn's biography of Elizabeth Taylor suggested that Burton had an affair with Laurence Olivier and tried to seduce Eddie Fisher, although this was strongly denied by Burton's younger brother Graham Jenkins


2001

In her 2001 autobiography, Joan Plowright wrote, "Larry tended to shower almost everyone he knew with endearments and demonstrative terms of address add something


2004

Through the use of computer graphics, footage of him as a young man was integrated into the 2004 film "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" in which Olivier "played" the villain add something


2006

In August 2006, on the radio programme "Desert Island Discs", Plowright responded to the allegations of Olivier's mistresses and homosexual affairs, stating: add something

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor - He has received numerous acting *awards and nominations, including the 2006 BAFTA *awards Rising Star, three Golden Globe *awards' nominations, and the 2008 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello"

 

Vivien Leigh - In 2006, Olivia de Havilland responded to claims of Leigh's manic behaviour during filming "Gone with the Wind", published in a biography of Olivier


2007

A 2007 biography of Olivier, "Lord Larry: The Secret Life of Laurence Olivier", by Michael Munn, claims that Olivier was recruited to be an undercover agent inside the United States for the British government by film producer and MI5 operative Alexander Korda on the instructions of Winston Churchill add something

 

On 22 May 2007, to mark the centenary of Olivier's birth, Network Media and ITV released DVD libraries of his work: add something

 

In September 2007, the National Theatre marked the centenary of his birth with a Centenary Celebration add something

 

Jude Law - He took on another of Caine's earlier roles in the 2007 film "Sleuth", adapted by Nobel Laureate in Literature Harold Pinter, while Caine played the role originated by Sir Laurence Olivier

 

Michael Caine - In the 2007 remake of Sleuth, Caine took over the role Laurence Olivier played in the 1972 version and Jude Law played Caine's original role.


2008

Michael Gambon - In 2008 Gambon appeared in the role of Hirst in "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin , opposite David Bradley as Spooner, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, which transferred to the London West End's Duke of York's Theatre, for which roles each received nominations for the 2009 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor


2011

Kenneth Branagh - In 2011, Branagh portrayed Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn.

 

Antony Gormley - On 13 March 2011, Gormley was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for the set design for Babel at Sadler's Wells in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.