Leading Men: Laurence Olivier


May 22, 1907  ~ July 11, 1989                    Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier hailed from England with more experience than possible in one s lifetime- so needless to say Hollywood scooped him right up, and put him on screen. A master in Shakespeare, Olivier was who Marlon Brando studied when rehearsing his role of Mark Antony in Julius Cesar. Olivier’s command in Henry V as in Hamlet and other films, earned him a knighthood, as Sir Laurence in 1947 and a place in the court as Lord Olivier in 1970. Meaningful films like Khartoum, balanced out fun films like Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson, and the very risky, Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe. His ability to see all that was great in Marilyn was enough for us from the start. Married to Vivien Leigh, the couple was often the whole of perfection both in the U.S. and abroad. And while Vivien battled aging, Olivier often confessed he never imagined being loved so completely as he was by Vivien. Happy Birthday Laurence!


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