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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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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 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

Jean Simmons; John Dall; Joanna Barnes; Nina Foch; Peter Ustinov and Laurence Olivier on the set of 'Spartacus', possibly by William Woodfield, for  Universal Studios - NPG x199019

Jean Simmons; John Dall; Joanna Barnes; Nina Foch; Peter Ustinov and Laurence Olivier on the set of 'Spartacus'

possibly by William Woodfield, for Universal Studios
film publicity still, 1960
NPG x199019

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