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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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x76239

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

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

x15451

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

x26069

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

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

x194011

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Sir Denys Louis Lasdun

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

x135723

'Lost Empires'

for Granada Television
bromide print, 1986
NPG x135723

x30427

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Alistair Morrison
C-type colour print, 1987
NPG x30427

D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

D43346

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

after Sir David Low
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 9 April 1949
NPG D43346

P596

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P596

P1905

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 12 February 1968
NPG P1905

x14499

John Gielgud; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14499

x14527

Laurence Olivier as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14527

x139795

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 'Fire Over England'

by Tunbridge
vintage film still, 1936
NPG x139795

x23960

Laurence Olivier as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x23960

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