History Creator / LaurenceOlivier

9th Jun '16 6:13:25 AM aishwarya
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** {{Averted}} with Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave, who was a good friend of Olivier's and even acted in Olivier's production of Theatre/UncleVanya. Olivier, Redgrave, Richardson and Gielgud was considered the finest ShakespeareanActors of the time.
6th Jun '16 5:38:35 PM jormis29
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* MoneyDearBoy: TropeNamer. It was the reason he gave for appearing in ''Inchon'' (which netted him the second of his two [=Razzies=]). He started doing film roles like ''Inchon'' - which he hated making - just for the money after he was forced out of his job as director of the National Theatre. He was worried that he would die and his family would be left with nothing.

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* MoneyDearBoy: TropeNamer. It was the reason he gave for appearing in ''Inchon'' ''Film/{{Inchon}}'' (which netted him the second of his two [=Razzies=]). He started doing film roles like ''Inchon'' - which he hated making - just for the money after he was forced out of his job as director of the National Theatre. He was worried that he would die and his family would be left with nothing.
1st Jun '16 8:53:06 AM Mdumas43073
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[[UsefulNotes/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 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''.

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[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Baron Olivier of Brighton]] '''Laurence Olivier''' Laurence Kerr 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 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''.


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14th May '16 1:11:35 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 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''.

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[[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/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 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''.
28th Feb '16 11:33:00 AM JulianLapostat
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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.

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* CreatorCouple: CreatorCouple:[[invoked]] 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'' ''Film/ThatHamiltonWoman'' is considered the best and it was UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite film.
16th Feb '16 11:17:58 AM Random888
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** This hatred of method acting made filming ''ThePrinceAndTheShowgirl'' with Creator/MarilynMonroe difficult for Olivier, since Marilyn's coach Paula Stasburg would insist she employ all the Stanislavskian techniques even in a read-through.

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** This hatred of method acting made filming ''ThePrinceAndTheShowgirl'' ''Film/ThePrinceAndTheShowgirl'' with Creator/MarilynMonroe difficult for Olivier, since Marilyn's coach Paula Stasburg would insist she employ all the Stanislavskian techniques even in a read-through.
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.
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