25 Facts About Laurence Olivier

1. Laurence Olivier picked up a supporting actor Academy Award for his role, which includes an infamous.

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2. Laurence Olivier was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1947 Birthday Honours for services to the stage and to films.

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3. Laurence Olivier seems to have thrown away technique this time—his is a breathtakingly pure Lear.

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4. Laurence Olivier continued working in film into the 1980s, with roles in The Jazz Singer, Inchon (1981), The Bounty (1984) and Wild Geese II (1985).

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5. In the mid-1970s Laurence Olivier became increasingly involved in television work, a medium of which he was initially dismissive.

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6. Laurence Olivier was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and won the Golden Globe of the same category.

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7. In 1969 Laurence Olivier appeared in two war films, portraying military leaders.

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8. In the same year Laurence Olivier portrayed the Mahdi, opposite Heston as General Gordon, in the film Khartoum.

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9. In his decade in charge of the National, Laurence Olivier acted in thirteen plays and directed eight.

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10. In 1961 Laurence Olivier accepted the directorship of a new theatrical venture, the Chichester Festival.

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11. For his performance, Laurence Olivier was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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12. Laurence Olivier said that playing Archie "made me feel like a modern actor again".

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13. The same year Laurence Olivier decided to direct and produce a film version of The Sleeping Prince, retitled The Prince and the Showgirl.

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14. Laurence Olivier was set on playing Malvolio in his own particular rather extravagant way.

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15. In 1948 Laurence Olivier led the Old Vic company on a six-month tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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16. In January 1947 Laurence Olivier began working on his second film as a director, Hamlet, in which he took the lead role.

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17. Laurence Olivier would have preferred the roles to be reversed, but Richardson did not wish to attempt Lear.

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18. Laurence Olivier played King Lear, and Richardson took the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

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19. Laurence Olivier played the warrior Hotspur in the first and the doddering Justice Shallow in the second.

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20. Laurence Olivier spent much of his time taking part in broadcasts and making speeches to build morale, and in 1942 he was invited to make another propaganda film, The Demi-Paradise, in which he played a Soviet engineer who helps improve British-Russian relationships.

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21. Laurence Olivier was tiring of Leigh's suffocating adulation, and she was drinking to excess.

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22. Laurence Olivier returned to the Old Vic for a second season in 1938.

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23. Laurence Olivier secured the casting of Leigh to replace Cherry Cottrell as Ophelia.

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24. For the rest of 1929 Laurence Olivier appeared in seven plays, all of which were short-lived.

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25. In 1912, when Laurence Olivier was five, his father secured a permanent appointment as assistant priest at St Saviour's, Pimlico.

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