14 Facts About Joan Plowright


Joan Plowright has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards.


Joan Plowright was the second of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.


Joan Plowright won the Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a New Play in 1978 for Filumena.


Joan Plowright made her stage debut at Croydon in 1948 and her London debut in 1954.


Joan Plowright appeared with George Devine in the Eugene Ionesco play, The Chairs, Shaw's Major Barbara and Saint Joan.


In 1957, Joan Plowright 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.


Joan Plowright has appeared on stage and in films such as The Entertainer.

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Joan Plowright was appointed honorary president of the English Stage Company in March 2009, succeeding John Mortimer, who died in January 2009.


Joan Plowright was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1970 New Year Honours and was promoted to Dame Commander in the 2004 New Year Honours.


Joan Plowright's vision declined steadily during the late 2000s and early 2010s due to macular degeneration.


Joan Plowright was first married to Roger Gage, an actor, in September 1953.


Joan Plowright divorced him and, in 1961, married Laurence Olivier after the ending of his twenty-year marriage to the actress Vivien Leigh.


Joan Plowright's brother, David Plowright, was an executive at Granada Television.


In 1970, her husband Sir Laurence Olivier was made a life peer and Joan Plowright became Lady Olivier of Brighton in the County of Sussex.