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Laurence Olivier

(1907-1989), Actor, producer and director

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG P1126

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Laszlo Willinger - NPG P236

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Laszlo Willinger
bromide print, 1940
NPG P236

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5481a

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P253

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P253

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(59)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(29)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1226

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1227

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1228

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1229

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Alistair Morrison - NPG P364

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, 1987
NPG P364

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x45063

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by George Hurrell - NPG x45059

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by George Hurrell
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x45059

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Unknown photographer - NPG x45132

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x45062

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x46504

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner and six actors, by Unknown photographer - NPG x45134

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

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier as Hamlet, by Angus McBean - NPG x127118

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier as Hamlet

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

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by James Abbe Jr - NPG x88923

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by James Abbe Jr
toned vintage bromide print, 1939
NPG x88923

Joan Fontaine, Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Dame Judith Anderson, by Unknown photographer - NPG x45137

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

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

Joan Fontaine and Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Unknown photographer - NPG x45138

Joan Fontaine and Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Olivier; Vivien Leigh, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194360

Laurence Olivier; Vivien Leigh

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1940
NPG x194360

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier in '49th Parallel', by Fred Daniels - NPG x88682

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

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

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x180373

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1942
NPG x180373

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14174

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Larry Burrows - NPG x137998

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x21956

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x87129

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x87132

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Sir Terence Rattigan, by D.H. White, for  Daily Herald - NPG 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

Claire Bloom; Laurence Olivier, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x184247

Claire Bloom; Laurence Olivier

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

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