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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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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, by Unknown photographer - NPG x21682

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1950
NPG x21682

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

'The Prince and The Showgirl', possibly by James and Betty Swarbrick - NPG x137343

'The Prince and The Showgirl'

possibly by James and Betty Swarbrick
modern digital print, 1956
NPG x137343

The cast and crew of 'The Prince and The Showgirl', possibly by James and Betty Swarbrick - NPG x137344

The cast and crew of 'The Prince and The Showgirl'

possibly by James and Betty Swarbrick
modern digital print, 1956
NPG x137344

Joan Plowright; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Hon. Richard Olivier, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x76239

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

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Angus McBean - NPG x15451

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Angus McBean
semi-matte bromide print, 1962
NPG x15451

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, by Angus McBean - NPG x26069

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Angus McBean
semi-matte bromide print, 1962
NPG x26069

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Sir Denys Lasdun, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194011

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Sir Denys Lasdun

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, 22 November 1967
NPG x194011

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