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Laurence Olivier

  • May 22, 1907 - Jul 11, 1989 (age 82)
  • 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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2018
Nothing Like a Dame
MovieMay 2, 2018

Nothing Like a Dame

Nothing Like a Dame (released in the United States as Tea …
Nothing Like a Dame (released in the United States as Tea With the Dames) is a 2018 British documentary film directed by Roger Michell. The film documents conversations between actresses Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith interspersed with scenes from their career on film and stage.
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2004
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
MovieSep 14, 2004

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

In 1939, an intrepid reporter …
In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she's covering -- of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots. The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain's right-hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world.
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1989
Laurence Olivier
PersonalJuly 1989

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier passed away.
War Requiem
MovieJan 6, 1989

War Requiem

A movie with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and …
A movie with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include World War I soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier (Wilfred Owen) and a nurse (his bride) during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars (World War II, Vietnam, Angola, et cetera).
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1987
Nomination1987

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Minise…

Nominated for "Lost Empires".
Primetime Emmy Award
1985
Wild Geese II
MovieMay 24, 1985

Wild Geese II

Wild Geese II is a 1985 British action-thriller film directed by …
Wild Geese II is a 1985 British action-thriller film directed by Peter Hunt, based on the 1982 novel The Square Circle by Daniel Carney, in which a group of mercenaries are hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin. The film is a sequel to the 1978 film The Wild Geese, which was also produced by Euan Lloyd and adapted from a novel by Carney. Actor Richard Burton, who starred in the first film as Colonel Allen Faulkner, was planning to reprise his role for the sequel, but he died days before filming began. The sequel has Faulkner's brother (played by Edward Fox) as one of the mercenaries. No characters from the original are featured in the sequel.
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1984
The Bounty
MovieMay 4, 1984

The Bounty

The story of Lieutenant Bligh (Sir Anthony Hopkins), whose …
The story of Lieutenant Bligh (Sir Anthony Hopkins), whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. Follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.
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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
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Award1984

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries o…

Won award for "King Lear".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
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Nomination1984

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries o…

Nominated for "King Lear".
Primetime Emmy Award
1983
King Lear
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MovieApr 3, 1983

King Lear

King Lear (1983) is a video production of William …
King Lear (1983) is a video production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, directed by Michael Elliott. It was broadcast in 1983 in the UK and in 1984 in the US. Elliott set his Lear in an environment resembling Stonehenge, although the production was entirely shot in a studio. The somewhat out-of-focus effect that one sees at certain moments is because mist pervades the setting in several scenes. In keeping with the primitive backdrop, this production emphasizes the primitive over the sophisticated. Shakespeare's characters use the clothing, weapons, and technology of the early Bronze Age rather than the Elizabethan era.
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Nomination1983

Best Actor

Nominated for "A Voyage Round My Father".
British Academy Television Award
1982
Nomination1982

Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award

Nominated for Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Worst Actor
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Nomination1982

Worst Actor

Nominated for "Inchon".
Golden Raspberry Award
Nomination1982

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Minise…

Nominated for "Great Performances".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nomination1982

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Minise…

Nominated for "Brideshead Revisited".
Primetime Emmy Award
Worst Actor
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Award1982

Worst Actor

Won award for "Inchon".
Golden Raspberry Award
Award1982

Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award

Won Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Award1982

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Minise…

Won award for "Great Performances".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Award1982

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Minise…

Won award for "Brideshead Revisited".
Primetime Emmy Award
1981
Brideshead Revisited
TV ShowOct 12, 1981

Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial …
Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. It was produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. Most of the serial was directed by Charles Sturridge; a few sequences were directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
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Clash of the Titans
MovieJun 12, 1981

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a 1981 British-American heroic …
Clash of the Titans is a 1981 British-American heroic fantasy adventure film directed by Desmond Davis and written by Beverley Cross which retells the Greek mythological story of Perseus. It stars Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier. The film features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen. It was released on June 12, 1981 and grossed $41 million at the North American box office, which made it the 11th highest-grossing film of the year. A novelization of the film by Alan Dean Foster was published in 1981.
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Inchon
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MovieMay 4, 1981

Inchon

During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur …
During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.
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1980
The Jazz Singer
MovieDec 17, 1980

The Jazz Singer

Neil Diamond stars in this motion picture as Yussel …
Neil Diamond stars in this motion picture as Yussel Rabinovitch, a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career outside the synagogue in popular music as Jess Robin. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, Yussel travels from New York City to Los Angeles to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a spunky manager who believes in his talent and shares his dream. He grows apart from his family, and becomes confused about what he should ultimately do with his life.
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Worst Supporting Actor
Nomination1980

Worst Supporting Actor

Nominated for "The Jazz Singer".
Golden Raspberry Award
Worst Supporting Actor
Award1980

Worst Supporting Actor

Won award for "The Jazz Singer".
Golden Raspberry Award
1979
Dracula
MovieJul 13, 1979

Dracula

In Whitby, England, the sickly Mina Van Helsing is spending …
In Whitby, England, the sickly Mina Van Helsing is spending some days with her friend Lucy Seward and her father Dr. Jack Seward in their house that is also an asylum at the seaside. When a ship wrecks on the coast, all the crew is dead and Mina helps the only survivor Count Dracula, who has just bought the Fairfax Abbey through Lucy's fiancé Jonathan Harker. Soon Dracula drinks Mina's blood taking her life. Dr. Seward summons Mina's father Professor Abraham Van Helsing for the funeral but he arrives late. On the next night, the son of a mental patient is attacked by Mina. Professor Van Helsing discovers that his daughter is undead and the Count Dracula is a vampire. Now Van Helsing, Dr. Seward and Jonathan have to protect Lucy from the vampire.
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A Little Romance
MovieApr 27, 1979

A Little Romance

A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who …
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who go to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius, who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt...
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Award1979

Society of London Theatre Special Award

Won Society of London Theatre Special Award.
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1979

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "A Little Romance".
Golden Globe Award
1978
The Boys from Brazil
MovieOct 4, 1978

The Boys from Brazil

From the jungles of Paraguay, Dr. Josef Mengele, the chief …
From the jungles of Paraguay, Dr. Josef Mengele, the chief doctor at Auschwitz, plans the rebirth of the Nazi empire. He sends his minions to assassinate 94 men over a two year period just around the time they will turn 65 years of age. Famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman gets hold of this information and isn't quite sure how killing these 65-year old men will lead to a new Nazi regime. That is, until he visits some of the dead men's families and sees their sons.
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The Betsy
MovieFeb 9, 1978

The Betsy

The Betsy is a 1978 film made by the Harold Robbins …
The Betsy is a 1978 film made by the Harold Robbins International Company and released by Allied Artists and United Artists. It was directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by Robert R. Weston and Emanuel L. Wolf with Jack Grossberg as associate producer. The screenplay was by William Bast and Walter Bernstein, adapted from the novel of the same title by Harold Robbins.
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Award1978

Academy Honorary Award

Won Academy Honorary Award.
Best Actor
Award1978

Best Actor

Won award for "The Boys from Brazil".
National Board of Review Award
Best Actor
Nomination1978

Best Actor

Nominated for "The Boys from Brazil".
Academy Award
1977
Jesus of Nazareth
TV ShowMar 27, 1977

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth (Italian: Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British …
Jesus of Nazareth (Italian: Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus, and features an all-star cast of famous American and European actors, including eight who had won or would go on to win Academy Awards: Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, James Earl Jones, and Peter Ustinov.
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1976
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
MovieOct 24, 1976

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Dr. Watson is growing …
Dr. Watson is growing increasingly concerned at Sherlock Holmes' use of cocaine and the fantasies they produce. The great detective's use of a 7% cocaine solution has led him to believe that Prof. Moriarty, who was his brother Mycroft's childhood tutor, is a criminal mastermind running the London underworld. Holmes will die in a year if he continues to use cocaine at his current rate and Watson contacts Dr. Sigmund Freud in Vienna to for assistance. Under a pretext devised by Watson and Mycroft, Holmes, Watson and the ever trusty Toby set off to Vienna. Under Freud's care, he slowly and painfully goes through withdrawal. He doesn't fully revive however until he joins Freud in the strange case of Lola Deveraux, another of Freud's patients who was addicted to cocaine. When she is kidnapped, they set off to rescue her. In his final act, Freud also determines why Holmes is the man he is.
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Marathon Man
MovieOct 6, 1976

Marathon Man

In New York, marathon runner Thomas "Babe" Levy is a …
In New York, marathon runner Thomas "Babe" Levy is a graduate student who researches history as his father, who committed suicide after being investigated in the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era. His brother Henry James "Doc" Levy appears out of the blue from time to time because his family never knows where he is, working as a government agent. One of his charges is an infamous Nazi war criminal who he has just told is no longer welcome in the United States. Dr. Christian Szell has a fortune hidden in a safe deposit box and is convinced that Babe knows whether or not it is safe to go to pick it up and will stop at nothing to find out.
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Nomination1976

BAFTA Fellowship

Nominated for BAFTA Fellowship.
Award1976

BAFTA Fellowship

Won BAFTA Fellowship.
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Award1976

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Won award for "Marathon Man".
Golden Globe Award
Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1976

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Marathon Man".
Academy Award
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1976

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "Marathon Man".
Golden Globe Award
1975
Love Among the Ruins
MovieMar 6, 1975

Love Among the Ruins

An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires …
An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover, and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. She realizes that the ...
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Nomination1975

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Pro…

Nominated for "ABC Theatre".
Primetime Emmy Award
Award1975

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Pro…

Won award for "ABC Theatre".
Primetime Emmy Award
1974
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nomination1974

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Nominated for "Sleuth".
BAFTA Award
Nomination1974

Best Actor

Nominated for "ITV Sunday Night Theatre".
British Academy Television Award
Nomination1974

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated for "ABC Theatre".
Primetime Emmy Award
1973
The World at War
TV ShowOct 31, 1973

The World at War

The World at War (1973–74) is a 26-episode British television …
The World at War (1973–74) is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events of the Second World War. It was at the time of its completion in 1973, at a cost of £900,000 (equivalent to £10,700,000 in 2018), the most expensive factual series ever made. It was produced by Jeremy Isaacs, narrated by Laurence Olivier and included music composed by Carl Davis. The book, The World at War, published the same year, was written by Mark Arnold-Forster to accompany the TV series.
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Nomination1973

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Nominated for "Long Day's Journey into Night".
Primetime Emmy Award
Nomination1973

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Nominated for "Long Day's Journey into Night".
Primetime Emmy Award
Award1973

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Won award for "Long Day's Journey into Night".
Primetime Emmy Award
Best Foreign Actor
Award1973

Best Foreign Actor

Won award for "Sleuth".
David di Donatello
Award1973

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Won award for "Long Day's Journey into Night".
Primetime Emmy Award
1972
Sleuth
MovieDec 10, 1972

Sleuth

In England, the Italian English hairdresser Milo Tindle is …
In England, the Italian English hairdresser Milo Tindle is invited by the successful writer of detective stories Andrew Wyke to visit his isolated house. The lower class Milo is the lover of Andrew's wife, who is used to have a comfortable life, and he intends to marry her. Andrew proposes Milo to steal his jewelry simulating a burglary. Milo would make a fortune selling the jewels to an intermediary; and Andrew would be reimbursed by the insurance company and would not pay alimony.
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Best Actor
Nomination1972

Best Actor

Nominated for "Sleuth".
Academy Award
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination1972

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated for "Sleuth".
Golden Globe Award
Best Actor
Award1972

Best Actor

Won award for "Sleuth".
New York Film Critics Circle Award
1971
Nicholas and Alexandra
MovieNov 29, 1971

Nicholas and Alexandra

The final decade and a half …
The final decade and a half in the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra, the last Czar and Czarina of Russia, and their family is presented. This phase of their story starts in 1904 with the birth of the last of five children and their only son, Alexei, who Nicholas and Alexandra see as the continuation of the three hundred-year-old Romanov dynasty in ruling Russia following Nicholas. Global forces seem to be shifting, which threatens that dynasty. Other countries, such as Britain, have a monarchy that is largely symbolic, where the key decisions are made by an elected parliament, unlike the Russian duma which is under Nicholas' control. Many of Nicholas' decisions have led to poverty and starvation amongst the Russian populace, especially among the working and peasant classes. Those unpopular decisions include the unnecessary war with Japan over Korea, Nicholas, who wanted an ice free port in the Pacific at the price of Russian lives in the war. Many of these decisions are also against the the advice of his inner circle of government ministers. As such, there is an uprising of the working class, Vladimir Lenin, who has formed the Bolshevik Party under Marxist ideals. Government actions against the working class, regardless of if it was sanctioned by Nicholas, leads to greater public dissatisfaction with his rule. But the greatest threat to the Romanov dynasty may be Alexandra. Her unpopularity grows through her association with Siberian peasant and self-professed holy man, Grigori Rasputin, who states that he is the voice of God. Alexandra, a highly devout woman, is grasping at anything that will keep hemophiliac Alexei alive, she seeing her faith in Father Grigori as the only reason Alexei has survived as long as he has. Her unpopularity increases even more with the on-set of World War I, as she is from a German background, Germany with whom Russia is at war.
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1970
Three Sisters
MovieNov 2, 1970

Three Sisters

Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless …
Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching, but secretly longs for a home and family. Masha, unhappy with her marriage to a timid schoolmaster, falls hopelessly in love with a married Colonel. Irina works in the local telegraph office, but longs for gaiety. Their sense of futility is increased by their brother's marriage to Natasha, a coarse peasant girl. She gradually encroaches on the family home until even the private refuge of the sisters is destroyed. They dream of starting a new life in Moscow, but are saddled with the practicalities of their quiet existence. Despite their past failures, they resolve to seek some purpose and hope when the army post is withdrawn from the town.
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Nomination1970

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Nominated for "David Copperfield".
Primetime Emmy Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nomination1970

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated for "Oh! What a Lovely War".
BAFTA Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Award1970

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Won award for "Oh! What a Lovely War".
BAFTA Award
1969
Battle of Britain
MovieSep 15, 1969

Battle of Britain

Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of …
Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.
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Oh! What a Lovely War
MovieMar 10, 1969

Oh! What a Lovely War

The working-class Smiths …
The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.
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Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nomination1969

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated for "Oh! What a Lovely War".
BAFTA Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Award1969

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Won award for "Oh! What a Lovely War".
BAFTA Award
1968
The Shoes of the Fisherman
MovieNov 14, 1968

The Shoes of the Fisherman

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril …
Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Father Telemond, who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China.
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Nomination1968

Outstanding Dramatic Program

Nominated for "NET Playhouse".
Primetime Emmy Award
1966
Khartoum
MovieJun 9, 1966

Khartoum

English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, …
English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed Military Governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by Prime Minister Gladstone. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, General Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim Army. His Christian faith and military command are challenged by Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi, "the Expected One", the head of the Muslim forces.
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Julie Kate Olivier
Child1966

Julie Kate Olivier

Julie Kate Olivier was born on July 27, 1966 in Hove, Sussex, …
Julie Kate Olivier was born on July 27, 1966 in Hove, Sussex, England as Julianne Rose Kate Olivier. She is an actress, known for Duel of Hearts (1991), Capstick's Law (1989) and Doctors (2000).
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Best Actor
Nomination1966

Best Actor

Nominated for "Othello".
National Society of Film Critics Award
1965
Othello
MovieDec 15, 1965

Othello

The duplicitous Ensign Iago secretly hates Othello, a …
The duplicitous Ensign Iago secretly hates Othello, a Moor and the General of the Venetian Army. Othello is newly married to the chaste Desdemona, but he believes Iago's lie that his Lieutenant, Cassio, has been cuckolding him, a lie that leads to tragedy.
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Bunny Lake Is Missing
MovieOct 3, 1965

Bunny Lake Is Missing

Ann Lake has recently …
Ann Lake has recently settled in England with her daughter, Bunny. When she goes to retrieve her daughter after the girl's first day at school, no one has any record of Bunny having been registered. When even the police can find no trace that the girl ever existed, they wonder if the child was only a fantasy of Ann's. When Ann's brother backs up the police's suspicions, she appears to be a mentally-disturbed individual. Are they right?
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Best Actor
Nomination1965

Best Actor

Nominated for "Othello".
Academy Award
1963
Tamsin Olivier
Child1963

Tamsin Olivier

Tamsin Olivier was born on January 10, 1963 in England …
Tamsin Olivier was born on January 10, 1963 in England as Tamsin Agnes Margaret Olivier. She is an actress, known for A Handful of Dust (1988), Yellow Bird (2002) and Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (1992).
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Nomination1963

Best British Actor

Nominated for "Term of Trial".
BAFTA Award
1961
Richard Olivier
ChildDecember 1961

Richard Olivier

Richard Olivier was born on December 3, 1961 in Hove, …
Richard Olivier was born on December 3, 1961 in Hove, East Sussex, England as Richard Kerr Olivier. He is a director and writer, known for La belgiq'kitsch (1990), Great Performances (1971) and La chanson satirique (1990).
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Joan Plowright
MarriageMarch 1961

Joan Plowright

Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier of Brighton, DBE …
Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier of Brighton, DBE (born 28 October 1929), commonly known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.
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Best British Actor
Nomination1961

Best British Actor

Nominated for "The Entertainer".
BAFTA Award
1960
Spartacus
MovieOct 6, 1960

Spartacus

Spartacus was directed by Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Mann …
Spartacus was directed by Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Mann and starred Kirk Douglas as the titular slave, Spartacus who leads a slave revolt against the ruling Roman Empire. The film is based on true historical events surrounding a slave revolt led by a slave called Spartacus in 73 B.C.; the events of the film were dramatized for a novel of the same name by Howard Fast and adapted for the screen by Dalton Trumbo. The film was produced by Kirk Douglas's Bryna production company to cash in on the trend for historical epics that had seen the earlier Ben-Hur be a large hit. Upon beginning production Douglas and Universal Pictures stated to the press that Trumbo was the screenwriter despite his blacklisting during the 1950's McCarthy era anti-communist witchhunt. By publicly announcing Trumbo as screenwriter and not forcing him to use a pseudonym Douglas and Universal Pictures helped bring an end to the blacklisting of Hollywood figures in the 50's and 60's. Spartacus tells the story of a slave called Spartacus who is unwilling to be ordered around by his Roman employers; his unwillingness to work as a slave forces his owner to make him a gladiator forced to fight to entertain Roman's of all social classes in the Colliseum. While fighting and training as a gladiator Spartacus begins a feud with General Crassus, played by Laurence Olivier; Spartacus is given a female slave who he falls in love with called Varinia, played by Jean Simmons. Seeing the close relationship between Spartacus and Varinia General Crassus takes the slave away and forced the gladiator trainer to use Spartacus's anger to make a better gladiator. An ensuing fight turns into a riot and the gladiators escape their captors to flee to the Roman countryside. Once free the gladiators are joined by more slaves who wish to fight for their freedom; despite not feeling he has the intelligence to lead the revolt Spartacus is elected the leader of the group and leads the slave army towards the sea and their freedom. In a series of battles the slaves defeat the Roman army until they finally fall to a larger Roman army; following their loss the slaves are offered freedom if they give up Spartacus. In the famous scene each slave stands and declares themselves Spartacus. Eventually, Spartacus is found and crucified as he is comforted by Varinia. Spartacus was seen as a controversial movie at the time of release; many anti-communist groups picketed the film because of the use of screenwriter Trumbo and the film's apparent sympathy for socialist causes. This was Stanley Kubrick's first big budget Hollywood movie after he replaced initial director Anthony Mann after the first week of shooting.
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The Entertainer
MovieJul 18, 1960

The Entertainer

The Entertainer is a 1960 movies starring Laurence Olivier. It is …
The Entertainer is a 1960 movies starring Laurence Olivier. It is adapted from a John Osborne play. Olivier received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The story is about a music hall performer struggling to maintain a career that is no longer in vogue. Olivier’s character is named Archie Rice. He is visited by his daughter Jean at a sea-side resort. She find Archie playing to a small number of spectators who have little interest in what he is doing. Archie is facing a number of personal as well as professional crises. This is an excellent Olivier movie.
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Best British Actor
Nomination1960

Best British Actor

Nominated for "The Devil's Disciple".
BAFTA Award
Joan Plowright
Relationship1960

Joan Plowright

Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier of Brighton, DBE …
Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier of Brighton, DBE (born 28 October 1929), commonly known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.
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Award1960

Outstanding Single Performance by an A…

Won award for "The Moon and Sixpence".
Primetime Emmy Award
Best Actor
Nomination1960

Best Actor

Nominated for "The Entertainer".
Academy Award
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination1960

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated for "Spartacus".
Golden Globe Award
Nomination1960

Outstanding Single Performance by an A…

Nominated for "The Moon and Sixpence".
Primetime Emmy Award
Nomination1960

Outstanding Single Performance by an A…

Nominated for "The Moon and Sixpence".
Primetime Emmy Award
Award1960

Outstanding Single Performance by an A…

Won award for "The Moon and Sixpence".
Primetime Emmy Award
1959
The Devil's Disciple
MovieAug 20, 1959

The Devil's Disciple

In a small New England town during the American War of …
In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend. The minister's wife, Judith, is moved by Dick's actions and mistakenly interprets them as an expression of love for her. In spite of his protestations she finds herself romantically attracted to him. Brought before British commander General Burgoyne, Dudgeon displays his willingness to die for his principles. At the last minute Dick is saved from ministerial pursuits to become a revolutionary leader.
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1958
Best Actor in a Play
Nomination1958

Best Actor in a Play

Nominated for "The Entertainer".
Tony Award
Best British Actor
Nomination1958

Best British Actor

Nominated for "The Prince and the Showgirl".
BAFTA Award
Best Film
Nomination1958

Best Film

Nominated for "The Prince and the Showgirl".
BAFTA Award
Best Foreign Film
Award1958

Best Foreign Film

Won award for "The Prince and the Showgirl".
David di Donatello
Outstanding British Film
Nomination1958

Outstanding British Film

Nominated for "The Prince and the Showgirl".
BAFTA Award
Best Actor in a Play
Nomination1958

Best Actor in a Play

Nominated for "The Entertainer".
Tony Award
1957
The Prince and the Showgirl
MovieJun 13, 1957

The Prince and the Showgirl

The combination of Marilyn …
The combination of Marilyn Monroe's light comic skills and Sir Laurence Olivier's magnificent dramatic talent make for a delightful and enchanting period romance. A saucy American showgirl in London is wooed by a roving-eyed Duke, but his estranged son, the young King, interrupts their late supper with politics and angry accusations. Through her guileless approach to both love and politics, Monroe charms them into reconciliation.
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Best Foreign Actor
Award1957

Best Foreign Actor

Won award for "Richard III".
David di Donatello
Best Foreign Producer
Award1957

Best Foreign Producer

Won award for "Richard III".
David di Donatello
1956
Outstanding British Film
Nomination1956

Outstanding British Film

Nominated for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
Best Foreign Language Film
Nomination1956

Best Foreign Language Film

Nominated for "Richard III".
Golden Globe Award
Outstanding British Film
Award1956

Outstanding British Film

Won award for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
Best Film
Award1956

Best Film

Won award for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
Best British Actor
Award1956

Best British Actor

Won award for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
Best British Actor
Nomination1956

Best British Actor

Nominated for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
Best Actor
Nomination1956

Best Actor

Nominated for "Richard III".
Academy Award
Best Film
Nomination1956

Best Film

Nominated for "Richard III".
BAFTA Award
1955
Richard III
MovieApr 16, 1955

Richard III

"Richard III" (1955) is a British film adaptation of the historical …
"Richard III" (1955) is a British film adaptation of the historical play by William Shakespeare. It also uses elements from "Henry VI, Part 3." The movie starts with Edward IV, Richard's brother, as the King of England. Richard wants to be king himself and launches a set of schemes that end with his gaining the throne. He does not have it long, though. He loses both his throne and his life at the Battle of Bosworth.
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1953
Best British Actor
Nomination1953

Best British Actor

Nominated for "Carrie".
BAFTA Award
1952
Carrie
MovieJul 4, 1952

Carrie

Carrie is a 1952 drama starring Jennifer Jones and Laurence …
Carrie is a 1952 drama starring Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier. It is based on a novel by Theodor Dreiser. Film critics criticized the movie for sanitizing Dreiser’s original story. William Wyler directed the movie and he was worried that the original story may be too depressing in the movie going audience. Jones was not Wyler’s first choice for the lead role, and film critics panned her for a weak performance. The plot centers on a woman named Carrie Meeber who moves to Chicago. She meets a man named Charles Drouet (Eddie Albert) on the train. She moves in with him and pressures him to marry her. She finds out, however, that he is already married. She becomes pregnant and the couple struggle with poverty.
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1951
The Magic Box
MovieSep 18, 1951

The Magic Box

The Magic Box is a 1951 British Technicolor biographical …
The Magic Box is a 1951 British Technicolor biographical drama film directed by John Boulting. The film stars Robert Donat as William Friese-Greene, with a host of cameo appearances by actors including Peter Ustinov and Laurence Olivier. It was produced by Ronald Neame and distributed by British Lion Film Corporation. The film was a project of the Festival of Britain and adapted by Eric Ambler from the controversial biography by Ray Allister.
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1949
Best Film
Nomination1949

Best Film

Nominated for "Hamlet".
BAFTA Award
Outstanding British Film
Nomination1949

Outstanding British Film

Nominated for "Hamlet".
BAFTA Award
Danny Kaye
Relationship1949

Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; Yiddish: דאַװיד …
Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; Yiddish: דאַװיד דאַניעל קאַמינסקי‎; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, and philanthropist. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire novelty songs.
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Best Film
Award1949

Best Film

Won award for "Hamlet".
BAFTA Award
1948
Hamlet
MovieMay 6, 1948

Hamlet

William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy of murder and …
William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy of murder and revenge in the royal halls of medieval Denmark. Claudius, brother to the King, conniving with the Queen, poisons the monarch and seizes the throne, taking the widowed Gertrude for his bride. Hamlet, son of the murdered King, mournful of his father's death and mother's hasty marriage, is confronted by the ghost of the late King who reveals the manner of his murder. Seeking revenge, Hamlet re-creates the monstrous deed in a play with the help of some travelling actors to torment the conscience of the evil Claudius. In a visit with his mother, Hamlet expresses his anger and disappointment concerning her swiftly untimed marriage. Thinking a concealed spy in his mother's chamber to be the lurking Claudius, he mistakenly kills the meddling counselor, Polonius, father of Ophelia and Laertes. Claudius, on the pretext that Hamlet will be endangered by his subjects for the murder of Polonius, sends the Prince to England.
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Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Award1948

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Won award for "Hamlet".
Golden Globe Award
Best Actor
Award1948

Best Actor

Won award for "Hamlet".
Academy Award
Best Actor
Nomination1948

Best Actor

Nominated for "Hamlet".
Academy Award
Best Director
Nomination1948

Best Director

Nominated for "Hamlet".
Academy Award
Best Picture
Nomination1948

Best Picture

Nominated for "Hamlet".
Academy Award
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination1948

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated for "Hamlet".
Golden Globe Award
Best Picture
Award1948

Best Picture

Won award for "Hamlet".
Academy Award
1946
Academy Honorary Award
Award1946

Academy Honorary Award

Won award for "Henry V".
Best Actor
Award1946

Best Actor

Won award for "Henry V".
National Board of Review Award
Best Actor
Nomination1946

Best Actor

Nominated for "Henry V".
Academy Award
1944
Henry V
MovieNov 22, 1944

Henry V

Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation …
Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The on-screen title is The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (derived from the title of the 1600 quarto edition of the play, though changing the spelling from "Agin Court"). It stars Laurence Olivier, who also directed. The play was adapted for the screen by Olivier, Dallas Bower, and Alan Dent. The score is by William Walton.
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1943
The Demi-Paradise
MovieNov 18, 1943

The Demi-Paradise

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during …
Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naive about British people, and convinced by hearsay that they are shallow and hypocritical, Ivan is both bemused and amused by them. He is blunt in his opinions about Britons, and at first this puts off his hosts, including the lovely Ann Tisdall, whose grandfather runs the shipbuilding firm that will make use of Ivan's propeller. The longer Ivan stays, however, the more he comes to understand the humor, warmth, strength, and conviction of the British people, and the more they come to see him as a friend, rather than merely a suspicious Russian. As a romantic bond grows between Ivan and Ann, a cultural bond begins to grow as well, particularly as the war begins, and Russia is attacked by Germany.
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1941
49th Parallel
MovieOct 8, 1941

49th Parallel

49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third …
49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British writer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was released in the United States as The Invaders. The British Ministry of Information approached Michael Powell to make a propaganda film for them, suggesting he make "a film about mine-sweeping". Instead, Powell decided to make a different film to help sway opinion in the then neutral United States. Said Powell, "I hoped it might scare the pants off the Americans [and thus bring them into the war]". Screenwriter Emeric Pressburger remarked, "Goebbels considered himself an expert on propaganda, but I thought I'd show him a thing or two". After persuading the British and Canadian governments, Powell started location filming in 1940.
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That Hamilton Woman
MovieApr 3, 1941

That Hamilton Woman

Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British …
Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma, who comes for a visit with her mother, wouldn't cut the grade with London society, but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton, and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling, and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real-life lovers, whose first screen romance was in Fire Over England (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this movie.
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1940
Vivien Leigh
MarriageAugust 1940

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as …
Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).
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Pride and Prejudice
MovieJul 26, 1940

Pride and Prejudice

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and …
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ...
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Rebecca
MovieMar 21, 1940

Rebecca

A shy lady's companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy …
A shy lady's companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley.
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21 Days
MovieJan 7, 1940

21 Days

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing …
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the man is found guilty then Larry will give himself up and prevent an innocent man going to the gallows.
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Best Actor
Nomination1940

Best Actor

Nominated for "Rebecca".
Academy Award
1939
Wuthering Heights
MovieMar 24, 1939

Wuthering Heights

The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, …
The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their lives apart. Heathcliff and Cathy first meet as children when her father brings the abandoned boy to live with them. When the old man dies several years later, Cathy's brother, now the master of the estate, turns Heathcliff out, forcing him to live with the servants and working as a stable boy. The barrier of class comes between them and she eventually marries a rich neighbor, Mr. Edgar Linton, at which point, Heathcliff disappears. He returns several years later, now a rich man, but little can be done.
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Best Actor
Nomination1939

Best Actor

Nominated for "Wuthering Heights".
Academy Award
1938
The Divorce of Lady X
MovieJan 13, 1938

The Divorce of Lady X

Fogbound in a hotel, Leslie …
Fogbound in a hotel, Leslie Steele tricks handsome, cynical divorce lawyer Everard Logan into sharing his suite. She lets him think she's married. The next day, Lord Mere, whose thrice- divorced wife spent the night with a man in the same hotel, comes to Logan for a divorce. Leslie delightedly teases Logan with her imaginary scandalous past, while fascinating him irresistably. Then she joins forces with the real Lady Mere.
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1937
Fire Over England
MovieJan 8, 1937

Fire Over England

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court …
Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother. Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things. Michael is mostly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, Cynthia. Soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain.
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1936
Tarquin Olivier
ChildAugust 1936

Tarquin Olivier

Tarquin Olivier is a film director, film producer and author.
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Vivien Leigh
Relationship1936

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as …
Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).
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1932
Westward Passage
MovieMay 27, 1932

Westward Passage

New York based writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne …
New York based writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne have just gotten married. Their love is a natural one where they don't have to work at being in love with each other. But they quickly learn that there is more to sustaining a successful marriage than love, as stresses in their lives and differing priorities lead to problems. They include Nick feeling like he has to compromise his writing to make a sale to support his family which eventually includes a daughter also named Olivia, they having no money which results in the three of them stepping over each other in their small apartment where Nick also works (at the dining room table), and Olivia Sr. feeling like Nick blames her for their problems in his anger over the situation. Through their marriage, Olivia's former boyfriend, Harry Ottendorf, is continually in the picture as a friend, he who would admit that he is still in love with Olivia but toward who Olivia does not have as strong or natural a feeling of love as she has toward Nick. Regardless, Olivia decides to leave Nick and marry Harry, taking little Olivia to live in Chicago. As several years pass and circumstances change, Nick and Olivia run into each other in Europe, with little Olivia, now ten, having no recollection of "Mr. Allen" as her father. While they are on the same Paris to New York sailing without Harry, Nick and Olivia will find if time, circumstance, a little maturity and that continued natural love are enough to bring them back together.
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1930
Jill Esmond
MarriageJuly 1930

Jill Esmond

Jill Esmond (26 January 1908 – 28 July 1990) was an English …
Jill Esmond (26 January 1908 – 28 July 1990) was an English stage and screen actress. She was the first wife of Laurence Olivier.
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Jill Esmond
Relationship1930

Jill Esmond

Jill Esmond (26 January 1908 – 28 July 1990) was an English …
Jill Esmond (26 January 1908 – 28 July 1990) was an English stage and screen actress. She was the first wife of Laurence Olivier.
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1907
Laurence Olivier
BirthMay 1907

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier was born.
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