Whether on stage or in a movie, from breaking the rules on Romeo and Juliet, from capturing every woman's imagination as Heathcliff, to his Academy Award winning Hamlet, to alternating nights between Shaw and Shakespeare, Caesar and Antony, Laurence Olivier gave himself fully to each role and inhabited those characters he played.
|Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet|
|Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennett and Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice|
|While in costume for Hamlet, Olivier receives his Oscar for Henry V from fellow actor Ray Milland|
|Olivier with his second wife, Vivien Leigh; photo by Angus McBean|
|Olivier and Vivien Leigh as the title characters in|
Antony and Cleopatra
|As Archie Rice in The Entertainer|
|Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man with Dustin Hoffman|
Larry was married three times during his lifetime, all actresses: Jill Esmond (1930 to 1940), Vivien Leigh (1940 to 1960) and Joan Plowright (1961 to 1989 (his death)). He fathered four children, sadly none with Vivien, though she did suffer two miscarriages during their marriage. Olivier won multiple awards for his acting and directing, including two special Oscars.
In Hollywood, he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In London, there is a life sized statue of Olivier outside the Royal National Theatre and a commemorative stone for him at Westminster Abbey. Additionally, the Laurence Olivier Awards for acting are given out annually in his name.