Joan Plowright(1929-), Actress
Dame Joan Ann Plowright (Lady Olivier)
Sitter in 12 portraits
Plowright trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and in 1956 joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. In 1957 she played opposite Laurence Olivier (whom she married in 1961) in The Entertainer and was Beattie in Arnold Wesker's Roots (1959). She won a TONY award for her performance in A Taste of Honey at the Lyceum Theatre in New York (1960). Her screen career includes roles in The Dressmaker (1988), Enchanted April (1992) and Tea with Mussolini (1999). She was made a Dame in 2004 and in 2009 she was appointed Honorary President of the English Stage Company.
by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 1957
by Bert Cann
bromide print, 1960
by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 2 January 1957
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