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Death of Sir Laurence Olivier

Posted in Anniversary, Theatre on Thursday, 1 July 2010

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picture, Sir Laurence Olivier in his Oscar-winning role as Hamlet

Sir Laurence Olivier in his Oscar-winning role as Hamlet. Illustration by Dan Escott

11 July is the anniversary of the death of Sir Laurence Olivier, who died in 1989, aged 82. Olivier, born in Dorking, Surrey, in 1907, was an actor of great vitality and range whose work was recognised in fourteen Oscar nominations. He won Best Actor for his portrayal of Hamlet in 1948, the film also winning Best Picture.

As well as his stage work – he was one of the most famous Shakespearean actors of his day – Olivier also appeared in some sixty movies, ranging from Spartacus to The Boys from Brazil.

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