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Laurence Olivier

(1907–89), actor, director, and manager. The most acclaimed English thespian of his generation, he made early New York appearances in Murder on the Second Floor (1929), Private ...

Olivier, Laurence

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Peter Holland

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,135 words

...while the heroic fire was a pale shadow, the final scenes were profoundly moving. He published an autobiography, Confessions of an Actor ( 1982 ), and further thoughts On Acting ( 1986 ). Peter Holland Bragg, Melvyn , Laurence Olivier (London, 1984) Holden, Anthony , Olivier (London, 1988) Spoto, Donald , Laurence Olivier: a biography (London,...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
846 words

..., Laurence ( 1907–89 ) English actor and *manager . The greatest heroic actor of his age, Olivier always made sure his performances were marked by extremes. His abilities were recognized early. He worked with Barry *Jackson at the *Birmingham Rep , where from 1926 he learned his craft in a variety of classic and *stock roles. A long run as Ralph in *Coward 's Private Lives ( 1930 ) brought him a measure of success and proved his skills in *comedy . But it was his Romeo and Mercutio opposite *Ashcroft (exchanging the roles with *Gielgud ...

Olivier, Laurence

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,175 words

...Thomas Kiernan , Olivier, The Life of Laurence Olivier (1981) Raymond Lefèvre , Sir Laurence Olivier (1980) Donald Spoto , Laurence Olivier: A Biography ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
94 words

...0Laurence Laurence Olivier 1907 – 89 English actor and director The tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind. introduction to his 1948 screen adaptation of Hamlet tragedy of a man could not make up his mind Shakespeare—the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God. in Kenneth Harris Talking To (1971) ‘Sir Laurence Olivier’ Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult. in Time 3 July 1978 acting a masochistic form masochistic form of exhibitionism not the occupation of an ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
118 words

...0Laurence Laurence Olivier 1907 – 89 English actor and director . He performed all the major Shakespearean roles; he was also director of the National Theatre (1963–73) The tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind. introduction to his 1948 screen adaptation of Hamlet tragedy of a man could not make up his mind Shakespeare—the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God. in Kenneth Harris Talking To (1971) ‘Sir Laurence Olivier’ S.—the nearest thing to the eye of God to the eye of God Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism....

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
112 words

...0Laurence Laurence Olivier 1907 – 89 English actor and director , husband of Vivien leigh The tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind. introduction to his 1948 screen adaptation of Hamlet tragedy of a man could not make up his mind Shakespeare—the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God. in Kenneth Harris Talking To (1971) ‘Sir Laurence Olivier’ Shakespeare —the nearest thing to the eye of God to the eye of God Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult. in Time 3 July 1978...

Olivier, Sir Laurence

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A. S. Hargreaves

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
165 words

..., Sir Laurence ( 1907–89 ) . Actor and director. Praised by Ellen Terry in a school play, Olivier became one of his generation’s leading actors. Commencing in repertory, he established a reputation with Shakespearian roles and joined the Old Vic; after starring in film versions of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca in America, he returned to England to serve in the Fleet Air Arm, before helping rebuild the Old Vic after the Second World War. Handsome, charismatic, often generating a sense of risk, then youngest stage knight ( 1947 ), he directed and...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
129 words

..., Sir Laurence ( 1907–89 ). Actor and director . Praised by Ellen Terry in a school play, Olivier became one of his generation's leading actors. Commencing in repertory, he established a reputation with Shakespearian roles and joined the Old Vic; after starring in film versions of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca in America, he returned to England to serve in the Fleet Air Arm, before helping rebuild the Old Vic after the Second World War. Handsome, charismatic, then youngest stage knight ( 1947 ), he directed and acted under his own management from...

Olivier, Laurence [Kerr]

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
302 words

..., Laurence [Kerr] ( 1907–89 ), actor , director , and manager . The most acclaimed English thespian of his generation, he made early New York appearances in Murder on the Second Floor ( 1929 ), Private Lives ( 1931 ), The Green Bay Tree ( 1933 ), and opposite Katharine Cornell in No Time for Comedy ( 1939 ). In all these appearances the dark, handsome actor had been looked upon mainly as a promising leading man. By the time he returned in 1946 with the Old Vic, he had earned an international reputation as a versatile performer. With the ...

Olivier, Laurence Kerr

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
711 words

..., Laurence Kerr ( 1907–89 ), English actor, director, and manager, knighted in 1947 , created a life peer in 1970 (as Baron Olivier of Brighton, the first actor to be made a peer), and CH in 1981 . He made his first appearance on the stage in 1922 , playing Katharina in a schoolboy production of The Taming of the Shrew , and his professional début in London in 1924 , in a small part in Alice Law's Byron . From 1926 to 1928 he was with the Birmingham Repertory company . He was the first Captain Stanhope in Sherriff 's Journey's End when...

(Sir) Laurence Olivier

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
107 words

...(Sir) Laurence Olivier later Lord Olivier 1907 89 English actor Success smells like Brighton. Quoted in Peter Hall's Diaries (1983) – in an entry for 1977. Unless it was a remark Olivier was fond of making, this quotation comes from a TV interview he gave to Kenneth Tynan in the BBC series Great Acting (26 February 1966). Talking of the tumultuous reception of his stage Richard III (1944), Olivier said: ‘There was something in the atmosphere … There is a phrase “the sweet smell of success” … I have had two experiences like that and it just smells...

Olivier, Laurence Kerr, Baron

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History
Length:
562 words

..., Laurence Kerr, Baron ( 1907–1989 ) British actor, director, and manager. He was knighted in 1947 , created Baron Olivier of Brighton in 1970 , and was appointed to the OM in 1981 . Olivier was born in Dorking, the son of an Anglican clergyman, and first appeared on stage as Katherine in a schools' production of The Taming of the Shrew ( 1922 ) at the Festival Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon. After studying at the Central School of Dramatic Art he made his professional debut in London as the Suliot Officer in Byron ( 1924 ) at the Century Theatre...

Olivier, Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
125 words

..., Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton ( 1907–89 ) English actor and director , the outstanding Shakespearean interpreter of his generation. He made his film debut in 1930 , and established himself in films such as Wuthering Heights ( 1939 ) and Pride and Prejudice ( 1940 ). In 1944 , Olivier and Ralph Richardson became directors of the Old Vic . He won a special Academy Award for his directorial debut, Henry V ( 1944 ). Olivier's second film, Hamlet ( 1948 ), earned him Oscars for best actor and best picture. He was director (...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
78 words
Olivier, Laurence

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
86 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
77 words
Olivier, Laurence, Awards

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
230 words

...Achievement, and Lifetime Achievement. In 1993, the musicals prizes all went to the highly acclaimed British productions of the American shows Carousel , Crazy For You , and Assassins . The bronze Laurence Olivier Award itself was specially commissioned by the Society from the sculptor Harry Franchetti and represents the young Laurence Olivier as Henry V at the Old Vic in 1937. See also Crazy For You , Assassins...

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier  

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(1907–89), actor, director, and manager.The most acclaimed English thespian of his generation, he made early New York appearances in Murder on the Second Floor (1929), Private Lives (1931), The ...
Olivier, Laurence, Awards

Olivier, Laurence, Awards  

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Music
These awards are presented by the Society of West End Theatre in recognition of distinguished artistic achievement in West End Theatre. They were established in 1976 as the Society of ...
Richard III

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Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,559 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...in the 1920s, and Sir Laurence Olivier ’s deliberately stagey film version. In Germany and Austria, however, strong interest in Shakespeare’s histories stimulated integral and innovative performances from the mid-19th century, most notably by the Polish actor Bogumil Dawison at Dresden in the 1850s and 1860s. F. R. Benson ’s Richard III appeared nearly every other season at Stratford-upon-Avon between 1894 and 1915 , and was made into a silent film in 1911 that today still conveys Benson’s ruthless exuberance. Laurence Olivier followed Benson’s...

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