05-22-2024 - a moment in Celebrity History

05-22-2024 - a moment in Celebrity History
22 de may. de 2024 · 2m 10s

On May 22, 1907, Laurence Olivier, one of the most renowned actors of the 20th century, was born in Dorking, Surrey, England. Olivier's career spanned over six decades, during which...

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On May 22, 1907, Laurence Olivier, one of the most renowned actors of the 20th century, was born in Dorking, Surrey, England. Olivier's career spanned over six decades, during which he made a significant impact on the world of theater, film, and television.

Olivier began his acting career in the 1920s, working in various theater productions in London's West End. He gained international recognition for his performances in Shakespearean plays, particularly his roles as Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III. His portrayal of Hamlet in the 1948 film adaptation, which he also directed, earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Picture.

Throughout his career, Olivier appeared in numerous films, including "Wuthering Heights" (1939), "Rebecca" (1940), "Pride and Prejudice" (1940), and "Spartacus" (1960). He also continued to work in theater, notably as the founding director of the National Theatre Company in London from 1963 to 1973.

Olivier's personal life was also a subject of public interest. He was married three times, most famously to actress Vivien Leigh from 1940 to 1960. Their relationship was often tumultuous, with both parties engaging in extramarital affairs.

In 1947, Olivier was knighted by King George VI for his services to the theater, becoming Sir Laurence Olivier. He continued to receive numerous awards and honors throughout his life, including a Life Peerage in 1970, which made him Baron Olivier of Brighton.

Laurence Olivier passed away on July 11, 1989, at the age of 82, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy in the world of acting. His birth on May 22, 1907, marked the beginning of a life that would forever change the landscape of theater and film.
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