Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier In His Own Words
  • Laurence Olivier In His Own Words

  • Regarded by many as the greatest actor of the 20th Century, Laurence Olivier enjoyed a stellar career in film, theatre and television, winning multiple awards along the way from the 1920s to the 1980s.

    In this absorbing collection of archive interviews he discusses his schooldays and early acting career; his drama training; his spells as actor-manager running the Old Vic and the National Theatre (which he helped create); his wartime service, and his friendship and collaboration with fellow actors including John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

    Hear all the highlights from Olivier's legendary life, as he recounts his fascinating story in his own words.

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, was widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century. In a career spanning six decades, he played over 120 theatre roles and appeared in almost sixty films. On stage, he was celebrated for his portrayals of Richard III, Macbeth and Uncle Vanya, among numerous others; while his film roles included Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Maxim de Winter in Hitchcock's Rebecca. He also directed and starred in Henry V, Hamlet (which won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role) and Richard III. He was also the founding artistic director of the Old Vic and, later, the National Theatre. Among his many awards were two Oscars (plus two honorary Academy Awards), five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and one BAFTA. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1947, became a life peer as Baron Olivier in 1970 and was admitted into the Order of Merit in 1981. Laurence Olivier died in 1989, at the age of 82.

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