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Amhurst, England English actor and director Laurence Olivier, internationally popular for his acting and directing, was often regarded as one of the supreme actors of his generation. As a child Olivier imitated the forceful sermons he saw his father give. His mother, whom he was close to, encouraged him to learn and recite dramatic speeches from plays instead.
His first appearances on the stage were in schoolboy productions of plays by William Shakespeare — Olivier was crushed by the sudden death of his mother inand he used acting to help deal with his pain. When his school, St. Edward's in Oxford, England, was invited to put on a performance of The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, inOlivier's performance as Katharina attracted considerable attention.
He found his first paying jobs in the theater during term holidays, working as an assistant stage manager and playing small roles. After a year of experience at various theaters, Olivier joined the Birmingham Repertory Company inappearing in She Stoops to Conquer and a modern dress production of Macbeth At the age of twenty he also played the title role in Anton Chekhov's — Uncle Vanya First commercial success In Olivier had a part in the first production of Journey's End, considered one of the greatest plays ever about the horrors of war.
His role in Private Lives brought him his first real commercial success, and soon after he made his first appearance in a movie made in Hollywood, California.
However, his early film career was filled with disappointments, including Greta Garbo's — refusal to accept him as her leading man in Queen Christina. He next tackled his first major Shakespearean roles on the professional stage, alternating the parts of Romeo and Mercutio with John Gielgud — at the New Theatre Although disappointed with the film, he used the actors and composer William Walton for future Shakespeare productions.
Having demonstrated his range and skill in interpreting Shakespeare's works, Olivier was now recognized as a top-notch stage actor. Film triumphs Three major screen roles, in Wuthering Heightsfor which he was nominated, or put forward for consideration, for an Academy Award for Best ActorRebeccaa second Academy Award nominationand Pride and Prejudice alsofirmly established Olivier's film career.
In Olivier and Leigh played the tragic lovers in That Hamilton Woman, regarded as one of the great romantic films of the era. Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allies: In and he appeared in a film version of Henry V, originally planned as a propaganda project the spreading of ideas or information to help a cause for the British war effort.
He won a special Academy Award for his triple triumph as director, producer, and star of the film. Postwar work Olivier was discharged from the service to join the Old Vic's management in rebuilding the company after the difficult war years. He remained with the company until Some of his most memorable roles during this time were in Arms and the Man and Uncle Vanya ; he also played the title roles in Richard III and King Learthe latter of which he also directed.
Perhaps his most demanding performance was for the double bill in which he appeared in Oedipus Rex and The Critic Returning to film direction in with his famous black-and-white version of Hamlet, Olivier won an Academy Award for best actor, and the film won the award for best picture.
He scored his first success in a modern role as the music hall comedian Archie Rice in The Entertainerrepeating the part in the film version. In he was appointed the first director of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Uncle Vanya, starring Olivier and his third wife Joan Plowright —proved to be a huge success for the company's opening season.
Later years Olivier was then named the first director of the state-supported National Theatre, a position he held until His most significant production as director was Chekhov's The Three Sisters in He also directed the film of the production. In Olivier was given the title Lord Olivier of Brighton—becoming the first actor to achieve such a rank.
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Film triumphs Three major screen roles, in Wuthering Heights (, for which he was nominated, or put forward for consideration, for an Academy Award for Best Actor), Rebecca (, a second Academy Award nomination), and Pride and Prejudice (also ), firmly established Olivier's film career.
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