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

Sitter associated with 109 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, Elisabeth Bergner and six actors

by Unknown photographer
modern bromide print from original negative, 1936
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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

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

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
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Laurence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivien Leigh as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Unknown photographer
vintage postcard print, 1937
NPG x137984