Laurence Olivier

Actor Laurence Olivier

Profession: Actor


Biography: Noël Coward's Private Lives, Wuthering Heights and Marathon Man.

Born: May 22, 1907
Birthplace: Dorking, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 11, 1989 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Cancer

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Married Life

  • 1940-08-31 "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

Historical Events

  • 1939-03-24 "Wuthering Heights" film based on the Emily Brontë novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1940-03-21 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Miami, Florida (Oscar - Best Picture 1941)
  • 1948-03-15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • 1948-09-29 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)
  • 1949-03-16 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win
  • 1949-03-24 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win, Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win awards
  • 1960-10-06 "Spartacus", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC
  • 1978-10-04 Film adaptation of Ira Levin's novel "The Boys from Brazil", starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier premieres

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