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Max Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 515 pages
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Revealing the man behind the myth, this perceptive, witty, and penetrating portrait investigates Laurence Olivier?not merely the greatest actor of the 20th century, but perhaps of all time. Its chapters touch on his achievements as a director of both plays and films, his central role in the founding of the National Theater, and the off-stage dramas of his private life. Onstage and off, Olivier played many parts and lived many lives. During his distinguished 60-year career he made numerous Hollywood movies; appeared in several highly successful TV series; worked closely with actors such as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Marilyn Monroe, and Dustin Hoffman; led the British theater in a Golden Age; and packed theaters in New York. Knighted in 1947, he received many awards, including Oscars for Henry V and Hamlet, an Emmy for his role in Brideshead Revisited, a Golden Globe for Marathon Man, and a BAFTA for Oh! What a Lovely War. But since his death in 1989, new revelations have come to light concerning the vicar's son who filled the Old Vic at 30, married three times, and shared West End billing in his eighties with a succession of pop stars. Investigating the truth behind these claims as well as rumors of Olivier's alleged gay affairs with the likes of Marlon Brando and Danny Kaye, this biography brings together the many strands of Olivier's life and sheds new light on this remarkable man.

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Laurence Olivier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[1] Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. ...
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Laurence [Kerr] Olivier Olivier, Laurence [Kerr] (1907–89), actor, director, and manager. The most acclaimed English thespian of his generation, he.
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Early life and acting career
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Vivien Leigh - Wikipedia
Divorţează de Olivier în 1960 şi continuă să apară periodic în diferite filme şi piese ... Laurence Olivier a văzut-o pe Leigh jucând în The Mask of Virtue, ...
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Vivien Leigh - Wikipédia
1960-ban elvált Olivier-től. Ezután tuberkulózis okozta haláláig csak ... Leigh és Laurence Olivier első közös filmjükben, a Fire Over England-ben (1937 ...
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Vivien Leigh - Viquipčdia
Leigh va estar maridada amb Laurence Olivier i sovint van actuar plegats ... Fotografies de Vivien Leigh i Laurence Olivier de gira per Austrŕlia l'any 1948 ...
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About the author (2007)

Anthony Holden is the author of The Man Who Wrote Mozart and William Shakespeare: The Man Behind The Genius, as well as Big Deal and Bigger Deal, two accounts of his years as a professional poker player.

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