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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (1907-1989), Actor, producer and director

Sitter in 111 portraits
Born in Dorking and educated at St Edward's School Oxford, he won a scholarship to the Central School, and in 1927 joined Birmingham Rep. Olivier established his reputation through Shakespearean stage roles and film performances including Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights (1939) and Maxim de Winter in Rebecca (1940). He directed and starred in Henry V (1943-4), and became actor-manager of the Old Vic. He was knighted in 1947. He later formed his own company, directing and co-starring with his wife Vivien Leigh, and found equal success with contemporary theatre, particularly John Osborne's The Entertainer (1957). In 1962 he became the first director of the National Theatre.

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P1126

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Carl Van Vechten
vintage gelatin silver print, 17 June 1939
NPG P1126

P236

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1940
NPG P236

5481a

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Peter Lambda
cold cast bronze bust, 1950
NPG 5481a

P253

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P253

P490(59)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(59)

P150(29)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(29)

P1226

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1226

P1227

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1227

P1228

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1228

P1229

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1978
NPG P1229

P364

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, 1987
NPG P364

x45063

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
modern bromide print from original negative, 1929
NPG x45063

x45059

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by George Hurrell
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x45059

x45132

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, circa 1930
NPG x45132

x45062

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
modern bromide print from original negative, 1930
NPG x45062

x46504

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Dorothy Wilding
vintage bromide proof print, circa 1930
NPG x46504

x45134

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner and six actors

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1936
NPG x45134

x36099

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 30 May 1937
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x36099

x137983

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivien Leigh as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137983

x137984

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivien Leigh as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137984

x127118

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier as Hamlet

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print mounted as a Christmas card, 1937
NPG x127118

x45137

Joan Fontaine, Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Dame Judith Anderson

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1940
NPG x45137

x45138

Joan Fontaine and Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1940
NPG x45138

x88682

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier in '49th Parallel'

by Fred Daniels
modern bromide print from original negative, 1941
NPG x88682

x180373

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x180373

x14174

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, February 1947
NPG x14174

x137987

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Jean Simmons as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1948
NPG x137987

x137998

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Larry Burrows
modern bromide print, 31 May 1949
NPG x137998

x21956

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print on card mount, March 1950
NPG x21956

x87129

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, March 1950
NPG x87129

x87132

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, March 1950
NPG x87132

x136461

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Sir Terence Rattigan

by D.H. White, for Daily Herald
vintage press print, 27 September 1953
NPG x136461

x184247

Claire Bloom; Laurence Olivier

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
vintage print, 13 December 1955
NPG x184247

x137340

Marilyn Monroe; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (Press Conference at The Savoy Hotel)

by Larry Burrows
bromide fibre print, 15 July 1956
NPG x137340

x194152

Joan Plowright as Jean Rice and Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice in 'The Entertainer'

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 1957
NPG x194152

x76239

Joan Plowright; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Hon. Richard Olivier

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x76239