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). She died from cancer in Los Angeles, California. Together the couple had three children, Richard, Tamsin and Julie-Kate. Miss Wells has admitted to something of a daughter-type relationship with Miss Schafer, but has never publicly admitted to receiving anything from her estate. She divorced him and in 1961 married Laurence Olivier. Differing sources state that most of this fortune was bequeathed to either her "Gilligan's Island" co-star Dawn Wells, or her cat. Joan Plowright was first married to Roger Gage. Her astute investments, particularly in real estate made her a millionaire.

As of July 2003 she was performing in the stage production Absolutely! (perhaps) in London. In real life, she was far removed from the dizzy "Lovey Howell" she had played. 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. Her most notable film appearance in later life was in The Day of the Locust (1975). In 1961 she was awarded a Tony for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. She continued acting until the age of ninety and was a guest star on many TV series. Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer and The Three Sisters. She appeared in the television series Gilligan's Island from 1964 until 1967 playing the role of millionaire's wife "Lovey Howell", and reprised her role in the made-for-TV "Gilligan's Island" movies that were made after the show's demise.

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. She played several supporting roles during the forties and fifties and appeared most notably in The Snake Pit (1948) and Anastasia (1956) while returning to New York City to live and work between film roles.. In 1956 she joined the English Theatre Company and won the role of Margery Pincher in The Country Wife. Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Schafer began her career as an actress on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles in 1941 to work in films. 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. Natalie Schafer (November 5, 1900 - April 10, 1991) was an American actress. 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.

Joan Ann Plowright (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England) is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. Moby Dick (1956) (uncredited, as Starbuck's Wife) (her first film role). The Entertainer (1960) as Jean Rice. Three Sisters (1970) as Masha.

Avalon (1990) as Eva Krichinsky. 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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