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). Golden Globe: (nominee) The Lost Prince (2005). Together the couple had three children, Richard, Tamsin and Julie-Kate. Golden Globe: (nominee) The Big Brass Ring (2000). She divorced him and in 1961 married Laurence Olivier. Golden Globe: (nominee) Merlin (1999). Joan Plowright was first married to Roger Gage. Golden Globe: (winner) Fatherland (1995).

As of July 2003 she was performing in the stage production Absolutely! (perhaps) in London. Golden Globe: (nominee) Tom & Viv (1995). 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. Golden Globe: (nominee) Damage (1993). In 1961 she was awarded a Tony for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. Golden Globe: (winner) Enchanted April (1993). Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer and The Three Sisters. BAFTA: (nominee) The Lost Prince (2004).

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. BAFTA: (nominee) A Dance to the Music of Time (1998). In 1956 she joined the English Theatre Company and won the role of Margery Pincher in The Country Wife. BAFTA: (nominee) Tom & Viv (1994). 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. BAFTA: (nominee) The Crying Game (1993). 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. BAFTA: (winner) Damage (1993).

Joan Ann Plowright (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England) is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. BAFTA: (nominee) After Pilkington (1988). Moby Dick (1956) (uncredited, as Starbuck's Wife) (her first film role). Academy Award: (nominee) Tom & Viv (1995). The Entertainer (1960) as Jean Rice. Academy Award: (nominee) Damage (1993). Three Sisters (1970) as Masha. She resides in London with her two cats, a dog and an axolotl.

Avalon (1990) as Eva Krichinsky. She has also signed on to appear as Rita Skeeter, the venimous Daily Prophet journalist in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, to be released in November 2005. Fisher. Richardson starred as Queen Rosalind of Denmark in the Julia Stiles vehicle, The Prince and Me, and as the Boxkeeper Madame Giry in the long-awaited Phantom of the Opera movie, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. Enchanted April (1992) as Mrs. She refuses to discuss her private life in interviews, and takes both leading and supporting roles. Martha Wilson. Two Academy Award nominations for Damage and Tom & Viv have not not altered the actress's modesty.

Dennis the Menace (1993) as Mrs. As well as a number of high profile supporting roles in the cinema, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Toosie in The Apostle, she has also won acclaim for performances in The Crying Game and Enchanted April, winning a Golden Globe for the latter. The Scarlet Letter (1995) as Harriet Hibbons. Ives (1998) and Queen Mary in The Lost Prince (2003). Tea With Mussolini (1999) as Mary Wallace. Other television roles include the bitchy Pamela Flitton in A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Miss Gilchrist in St. Back to the Secret Garden (2001) as Martha Sowerby. Richardson is perhaps best known for her role as the naughty school girl version of Queen Elizabeth I, aka, Queenie in the cult British comedy Blackadder.

Goose! (2004) as Beatrice Fairfield. Her performance in that film won her much praise, and within a year, she had been cast by Steven Spielberg to appear in his Second World War drama, Empire of the Sun (1987). Three years later, she made her big screen debut as platinum blonde nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom in Mike Newell's critically acclaimed biographical drama, Dance with a Stranger. In 1981, she made her stage debut in Moving at the Queen's Theatre in London. After deciding not to become a vet because of her squeamishness, the young Richardson enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis.

Born to a middle-class family, Richardson showed a desire to step into the character she was playing, indicating that she would go on to be thought of as one of Britain's best, if sorely underrated, actresses. British actress Miranda Richardson was born on 3 March 1958, in Southport, Lancashire, the second daughter of William and Marian Richardson. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Rita Skeeter. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Madame Giry.

Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) Eva Braun. The Prince and Me (2004) Queen Rosalind. The Lost Prince (2003) (TV) Queen Mary. The Hours (2001) Vanessa Bell.

Chicken Run (2000) Mrs Tweedy. Get Carter (2000) Gloria Carter. Sleepy Hollow (1999) Lady Mary Van Tassel. The Big Brass Ring (1999) Dinah Pellarin.

St. Ives (1998) Miss Gilchrist. The Apostle (1997) Toosie. Saint-Ex (1997) Consuelo. The Designated Mourner (1997) Judy.

Kansas City (1996) Carolyn Stilton. The Evening Star (1996) Patsy Carpenter. The Night and the Moment (1994) Julie. Fatherland (1994) Charlie Maguire.

Tom & Viv (1994) Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Century (1993) Clara. Enchanted April (1992) Ruth Arbuthnot. Damage (1992) Ingrid Fleming.

The Crying Game (1992) Jude O'Hara. Old Times (1990) Anna. Twisted Obsession (1990) Marilyn. The Fool (1990) Columbine/Rosalind/Ophelia.

The Bachelor (1990) Frederica. Ball Trap on the Cote Sauvage (1989) Early Bird. Empire of the Sun (1987) Mrs Victor. Eat the Rich (1987) DHSS Blonde.

The Death of the Heart (1986) Daphne Heccomb. After Pilkington (1986) Penny. Blackadder (1985) (TV) Queen Elizabeth I. The Innocent (1985) Mary Turner.

Underworld (1985) Oriel. Dance with a Stranger (1985) Ruth Ellis.

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