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

Sitter in 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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x45134

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

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

x137983

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

by Unknown photographer
postcard print, 1937
NPG x137983

x137984

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

by Unknown photographer
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

x88923

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

x45137

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

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