Item description for Laurence Olivier (Life&Times) by Francis Beckett...
Laurence Olivier (1907-89) was perhaps the last great actor in the old tradition of heroic self-indulgence. He played every part with a frank enjoyment of theatricality which made the experience even more memorable for his audience. In the 1930s he established himself as a wide-ranging Shakespearean actor - alternating Romeo and Mercutio with John Gielgud at the New Theatre in 1935. By the end of the decade he had also demonstrated a powerful screen personality in "Wuthering Heights" (1939). His marriage in 1940 to Vivien Leigh (his second wife) seemed to complete the image of the romantic star.
From the mid-40s he excelled in directing himself in Shakespeare on film, such as his dramatically shot "Henry V"(1944), with its timely excesses of patriotism. When the new wave of British drama began in the late 1950s, Olivier was immediately part of it. As an actor of such wide range, and a successful producer and director, Olivier was a natural choice to bring the National Theatre into existence in 1963. Together with his new wife Joan Plowright (they had married in 1961), he built up a brilliant company and repertoire at the Old Vic. Olivier became the first actor to be given a peerage.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 29, 2005
Publisher Haus Pub.
ISBN 1904950388 ISBN13 9781904950387
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More About Francis Beckett
Francis Beckett is a writer and journalist. From 1997 to 2005 he was education correspondent of the New Statesman, and provided the main critique of New Labour education policy in the magazine. He also writes on education for the Guardian, the Daily Express and the TES. He is the author of eight books including The Blairs and their Court and Aneurin Bevan.