History Creator / LaurenceOlivier

4th Feb '16 12:59:36 AM ludditetolpuddle
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* He was once caught by a plainclothes policeman in a public toilet in an entrapment sting to catch homosexuals; the reaction of the Prime Minister of the time, Harold Macmillan, was, "you know, I always thought he looked a bloody fool in men's clothes".
16th Dec '15 8:12:08 AM mlsmithca
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He also received two honorary Academy Awards: the first in 1947 for Outstanding Achievement for his ''HenryV'', which he produced, directed and starred in; and a Lifetime Achievement award in 1979. Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940),[[note]]which won Best Picture[[/note]] the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''Film/MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).
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He also received two honorary Academy Awards: the first in 1947 for Outstanding Achievement for his ''HenryV'', which he produced, directed and starred in; and a Lifetime Achievement award in 1979. 1979. Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940),[[note]]which won Best Picture[[/note]] the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''Film/MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).

* CreatorCouple: He and Vivien Leigh appeared in many stage productions together but only two films. ''That Hamilton Woman'' is considered the best and it was UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite film. * DramaticPause: This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0RFGBjG35Q anecdote]] by Peter Ustinov, Olivier's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' co-star on the Jack Paar Show demonstrates Olivier's tendencies toward this.
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* CreatorCouple: He and Vivien Leigh appeared in many stage productions together but only two films. [[note]] Leigh auditioned for the role of Mrs. de Winter in ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'' but was passed over; the footage of her screen test with Olivier still exists.[[/note]] ''That Hamilton Woman'' is considered the best and it was UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite film. * DramaticPause: This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0RFGBjG35Q anecdote]] by Peter Ustinov, Olivier's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' co-star co-star, on the Jack Paar Show demonstrates Olivier's tendencies toward this.

** It should also be noted that Olivier was such a great stage actor that he found acting for films harder than many other Hollywood stars since he found it hard to [[DamnYouMuscleMemory dial down his instinctive stagecraft]] for the cameras, and as a constant touring stage actor with a film career, he had to shift and juggle registers, something that actors of later generation (and MethodActing) were able to do easier. Olivier credited Creator/WilliamWyler for teaching him how to act for films and felt his films with him were his best. * RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite playing Nazis and cruel emperors, he was known as a very friendly, down to earth guy in real life to the point that he hated being called by any of his royal titles and preferred to be addressed as Larry. He was such a nice guy that even Creator/MarlonBrando, who was known as a big jerkass, couldn't bring himself to seduce Vivien Leigh when they were married. Creator/DustinHoffman has said that, contrary to rumors that he and Olivier didn't get along while making ''Film/MarathonMan'', Olivier and wife Joan Plowright took Hoffman to dinner several times, and presented him with Olivier's personal copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare once filming ended.
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** It should also be noted that Olivier was such a great stage actor that he found acting for films harder than many other Hollywood stars since he found it hard to [[DamnYouMuscleMemory dial down his instinctive stagecraft]] for the cameras, and as a constant touring stage actor with a film career, he had to shift and juggle registers, something that actors of later generation (and MethodActing) were able to do easier.more easily. Olivier credited Creator/WilliamWyler for teaching him how to act for films and felt his films with him were his best. * RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite playing Nazis and cruel emperors, he was known as a very friendly, down to earth guy in real life to the point that he hated being called by any of his royal titles and preferred to be addressed as Larry. He was such a nice guy that even Creator/MarlonBrando, who was known as a big jerkass, couldn't bring himself to seduce Vivien Leigh when they were married. Creator/DustinHoffman has said that, contrary to rumors that he and Olivier didn't get along while making ''Film/MarathonMan'', Olivier and wife Joan Plowright took Hoffman to dinner several times, and presented him with Olivier's personal copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare once filming ended.
29th Oct '15 8:39:48 PM Kalmbach
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Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940), the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''Film/MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).
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\nOther roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940), (1940),[[note]]which won Best Picture[[/note]] the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''Film/MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).
29th Sep '15 10:38:23 AM Willbyr
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* DyeingForYourArt: Olivier occasionally did this, most famously his stage version of ''{{Othello}}''. He wore full-body make-up, lifted weights and spent months working with a vocal coach to lower his voice an entire octave.
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* DyeingForYourArt: Olivier occasionally did this, most famously his stage version of ''{{Othello}}''.''Theatre/{{Othello}}''. He wore full-body make-up, lifted weights and spent months working with a vocal coach to lower his voice an entire octave.
8th Jul '15 11:10:05 AM Morgenthaler
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Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940), the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).
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Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1939), Maxim de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' (1940), the title role in ''The Entertainer'' (1960), the title role in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (1965), Andrew Wyke in ''{{Sleuth}}'' ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972), Dr Christian Szell in ''MarathonMan'' ''Film/MarathonMan'' (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978).

* MethodActing: He famously hated method acting, which is reassuring given [[Film/{{Spartacus}} some of]] [[MarathonMan the roles]] [[Film/TheBoysFromBrazil he played]].
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* MethodActing: He famously hated method acting, which is reassuring given [[Film/{{Spartacus}} some of]] [[MarathonMan [[Film/MarathonMan the roles]] [[Film/TheBoysFromBrazil he played]].
20th May '15 4:11:42 PM nombretomado
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[[KnightFever Baron Olivier of Brighton]] '''Laurence Olivier''' (May 22, 1907 -- July 11, 1989) was an English actor and director, considered by many the greatest actor of the twentieth century. His roles range from the AcademyAward-winning title role of ''{{Hamlet}}'' (which he also directed) to a [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]]-winning supporting role in the remake of ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.
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[[KnightFever Baron Olivier of Brighton]] '''Laurence Olivier''' (May 22, 1907 -- July 11, 1989) was an English actor and director, considered by many the greatest actor of the twentieth century. His roles range from the AcademyAward-winning UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning title role of ''{{Hamlet}}'' (which he also directed) to a [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]]-winning supporting role in the remake of ''Film/TheJazzSinger''.

In what was perhaps the logical extreme to both their careers, Creator/KennethBranagh netted an AcademyAward nomination for playing Olivier in ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''.
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In what was perhaps the logical extreme to both their careers, Creator/KennethBranagh netted an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing Olivier in ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn''.
17th May '15 5:48:02 PM AllenbysEyes
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* TheRival: John Gielgud. The two appeared in a stage production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' together in the '30s, clashed over acting styles and became the two preeminent Shakespearean actors of their day. The two initially disliked each other, but grew into VitriolicBestBuds later in life.
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* TheRival: John Gielgud. The two appeared in a stage production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' together in the '30s, clashed over acting styles and became the two preeminent Shakespearean actors of their day. The two initially disliked each other, but grew into VitriolicBestBuds later in life. By most accounts, he had a similar relationship with Ralph Richardson.
27th Apr '15 10:56:40 AM JulianLapostat
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* CreatorCouple: He and Vivien Leigh appeared in many stage productions together but only two films. ''That Hamilton Woman'' is considered the best and it was UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite film.
27th Apr '15 10:49:02 AM JulianLapostat
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* LargeHam: Frequently labeled as such by detractors. Granted, Olivier was a classically trained stage actor, and it did become his default style in Shakespeare adaptations or his [[MoneyDearBoy paycheck roles]]. But anyone watching Olivier in, say, ''The Entertainer'' or ''Marathon Man'' would know he was capable of more nuanced performances.
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* LargeHam: Frequently labeled as such by detractors. Granted, Olivier was a classically trained stage actor, and it did become his default style in Shakespeare adaptations or his [[MoneyDearBoy paycheck roles]]. But anyone watching Olivier in, say, ''The Entertainer'' or ''Marathon Man'' Man'', or his own favorite, Wyler's ''Carrie'' [[note]]As in Theodore Dreiser's ''Sister Carrie'' and not Stephen King's prom-from-hell[[/note]] or in Creator/OttoPreminger's ''Bunny Lake is Missing'' would know he was capable of more nuanced performances.performances. ** It should also be noted that Olivier was such a great stage actor that he found acting for films harder than many other Hollywood stars since he found it hard to [[DamnYouMuscleMemory dial down his instinctive stagecraft]] for the cameras, and as a constant touring stage actor with a film career, he had to shift and juggle registers, something that actors of later generation (and MethodActing) were able to do easier. Olivier credited Creator/WilliamWyler for teaching him how to act for films and felt his films with him were his best.

** He was however known for a HairTriggerTemper and was capable of [[SirSwearsALot swearing a blue streak]] when agitated. One of Olivier's biographers records him unleashing a savage ClusterFBomb on Laurence Harvey for insulting John Gielgud in his presence.
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** He was however known for a HairTriggerTemper and was capable of [[SirSwearsALot swearing a blue streak]] when agitated. One of Olivier's biographers records him unleashing a savage ClusterFBomb on Laurence Harvey for insulting John Gielgud in his presence. He could also be quite mean to his female co-stars. He hated Merle Oberon who was Cathy to his Heathcliff in the Samuel Goldwyn ''Wuthering Heights'' and treated her badly. He was also irritated with Joan Fontaine on ''Rebecca'' and complained to Hitchcock, "she can't act, old boy!". Likewise, Creator/StanleyKubrick ran into troubles when Olivier and his ArchEnemy Creator/CharlesLaughton were costars. Kubrick assigned Peter Ustinov to keep them from killing each other as they engaged in HamToHamCombat.

* OldShame: Olivier had many rotten films to choose from, but he seemed to particularly hate the musical ''The Beggar's Opera'', due to his contentious relationship with director Peter Brook, and ''The Jazz Singer'', which he said "oozes sentiment like pus," adding "I never saw anything, heard anything, read anything so absolutely awful."
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* OldShame: Olivier had many rotten films to choose from, but he seemed to particularly hate the musical ''The Beggar's Opera'', due to his contentious relationship with director Peter Brook, and ''The Jazz Singer'', which he said "oozes sentiment like pus," adding "I never saw anything, heard anything, read anything so absolutely awful."" The only films he really liked were the ones he made with Creator/WilliamWyler who he noted taught him how to act for films.
25th Apr '15 9:17:37 PM AllenbysEyes
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** He was however known for a HairTriggerTemper and was capable of [[SirSwearsALot swearing a blue streak]] when agitated. One of Olivier's biographers records him unleashing a savage ClusterFBomb on Laurence Harvey for insulting John Gielgud in his presence.
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