Olivier, Sir Laurence

Signed b&w photograph as Richard III, which he co-produced and directed, and for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor

Price: $195.00

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(1907-1989) English actor and director who dominated the British stage in mid-20th century. He also acted in 50+ films and late in his career had considerable success in television roles.. In 1930 he had his first important London success in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” and he appeared in his 1st film; by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, Olivier was co-director of The Old Vic, building it into a highly respected company. There his most celebrated roles included Shakespeare's Richard III and Sophocles’ Oedipus. In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager, but his stage career was in the doldrums until he joined the avant garde English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in “The Entertainer” which he later played on film.. From 1963-73 he was the founding director of Britain's National theatre, playing Othello in 1965 and shylock in 1970. Among Olivier's films are “Wuthering Heights” (1939), “Rebecca” (1940), and a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director: “Henry V” (1944 Honorary Oscar), “Hamlet” (1948, 2 Oscars), and “Richard III” (1955). His later films included “Spartacus” (1960), “The Shoes of the Fisherman” (1968), “Sleuth” (1972), “Marathon Man” (1976), and “The Boys from Brazil” (1978). Television appearances included an adaptation of “The Moon and Sixpence” (1960), “Long Day’s Journey into Night” (1973), “Love Among the Ruins” (1975), “Cat on a Hot Tin roof” (1976), “Brideshead Revisited” (1981) and “King Lear” (1983). He received a knighthood (1947”, a life peerage (1970), the Order of Merit (1981), 4 Oscars, 2 BAFTA awards, 5 Emmys, and 3 Golden Globes. The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honor. He was married to Jill Esmond 1930-40, Vivien Leigh 1940-60, Joan Plowright 1961-89. In 1991 Gielgud unveiled a memorial stone commemorating Olivier in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey and in 2007, the centenary of Olivier's birth, a life-sized statue of him was unveiled on the South Bank, outside the National Theatre. SP, 10 x 8 b&w ¾-length portrait in costume as Richard III. Olivier directed “Richard III”, his 3rd Shakespeare film, co-produced with Alexander Korda. The presence of 4 theatrical knights in the one film – Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, John Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson - led a US reviewer to dub it "An-All-Sir-Cast" was not a box-office success, but he won a BAFTA award for the role and was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award (which Yul Brynner won).

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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