Joan Plowright

Joan Ann Plowright (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England) is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. In addition to being Lady Olivier (later Baroness Olivier) she was made a Dame (DBE) in her own right in the New Year's Honours for 2004.

Career

Long known as a superb theatre actress, Plowright trained at the Old Vic Theatre School in London and made her stage debut in 1951 and her London debut in 1954. In 1956 she joined the English Theatre Company and won the role of Margery Pincher in The Country Wife. She appeared in The Chairs (by Eugène Ionesco), Major Barbara, Saint Joan and in 1958 she co-starred with future husband Laurence Olivier in the production of The Entertainer.

Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer and The Three Sisters. In 1961 she was awarded a Tony for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. After a brief hiatus to devote time to her family she has returned to the screen and can be seen in films such as Dennis the Menace, Enchanted April and Tea With Mussolini.

As of July 2003 she was performing in the stage production Absolutely! (perhaps) in London.

Personal

Joan Plowright was first married to Roger Gage. She divorced him and in 1961 married Laurence Olivier. Together the couple had three children, Richard, Tamsin and Julie-Kate. The couple were married until 1989 (his death).

Selected Filmography

  • Goose! (2004) as Beatrice Fairfield
  • Back to the Secret Garden (2001) as Martha Sowerby
  • Tea With Mussolini (1999) as Mary Wallace
  • The Scarlet Letter (1995) as Harriet Hibbons
  • Dennis the Menace (1993) as Mrs. Martha Wilson
  • Enchanted April (1992) as Mrs. Fisher
  • Avalon (1990) as Eva Krichinsky
  • Three Sisters (1970) as Masha
  • The Entertainer (1960) as Jean Rice
  • Moby Dick (1956) (uncredited, as Starbuck's Wife) (her first film role)

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The couple were married until 1989 (his death). Since 1989 she has hosted the PBS television series Mystery!, taking over from Vincent Price. Together the couple had three children, Richard, Tamsin and Julie-Kate. By Stirling she has a daughter, Rachael Atlanta Stirling (born 1977), who is also now an actress. She divorced him and in 1961 married Laurence Olivier. She was married to Menahem Gueffen, an Israeli painter, from 1973-76, and to Archibald Stirling (a.k.a. Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir), a theatrical producer, former officer in the Scots Guards, and a member of one of Scotland's grandest families, from 1982-90. Joan Plowright was first married to Roger Gage. Dame Diana was born in Doncaster in Yorkshire and lived in India between the ages of two and eight.

As of July 2003 she was performing in the stage production Absolutely! (perhaps) in London. Rigg was created CBE in 1987 and knighted in 1994. After a brief hiatus to devote time to her family she has returned to the screen and can be seen in films such as Dennis the Menace, Enchanted April and Tea With Mussolini. On television, she has appeared as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca and as the amateur detective Mrs Bradley in a series of mysteries. In 1961 she was awarded a Tony for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. In the 1990s she had triumphs with roles at the Almeida Theatre in Islington (north London), including Medea in 1993, Mother Courage in 1995, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1996. Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer and The Three Sisters. Her other films include The Assassination Bureau (1969), Theatre of Blood (1973), and A Little Night Music (1977).

She appeared in The Chairs (by Eugène Ionesco), Major Barbara, Saint Joan and in 1958 she co-starred with future husband Laurence Olivier in the production of The Entertainer. Her character, to date, is the only girl to officially marry James Bond. In 1956 she joined the English Theatre Company and won the role of Margery Pincher in The Country Wife. On the big screen, she became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) playing Tracy Bond. Long known as a superb theatre actress, Plowright trained at the Old Vic Theatre School in London and made her stage debut in 1951 and her London debut in 1954. In 1986, she took a leading role in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Follies. In addition to being Lady Olivier (later Baroness Olivier) she was made a Dame (DBE) in her own right in the New Year's Honours for 2004. A nude scene with Keith Michell in Abelard and Heloise led to a notorious description of her as 'built like a brick basilica with too few flying buttresses'.

Joan Ann Plowright (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England) is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. After leaving The Avengers she returned to the stage, including playing two Stoppard leads, Ruth Carson in Night and Day and Dorothy Moore in Jumpers. Moby Dick (1956) (uncredited, as Starbuck's Wife) (her first film role). Her professional debut was in The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1955. The Entertainer (1960) as Jean Rice. Her career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964. Three Sisters (1970) as Masha. She is particularly known for her role in the British 1960s television series The Avengers, where she played the sexy secret agent Emma Peel.

Avalon (1990) as Eva Krichinsky. Dame Diana Rigg (born July 20, 1938) is a British actress. Fisher. Enchanted April (1992) as Mrs. Martha Wilson.

Dennis the Menace (1993) as Mrs. The Scarlet Letter (1995) as Harriet Hibbons. Tea With Mussolini (1999) as Mary Wallace. Back to the Secret Garden (2001) as Martha Sowerby.

Goose! (2004) as Beatrice Fairfield.

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