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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As of July 2003 she was performing in the stage production Absolutely! (perhaps) in London. Portman has been a vegetarian since she was eight years old. 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. Portman appeared on Sesame Street and as of 2004 has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman ten times. In 1961 she was awarded a Tony for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. In 2005, she won the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role as Alice in Closer. Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer and The Three Sisters. Portman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1999 for her role as Ann August in Anywhere But Here (Angelina Jolie won that year for Girl, Interrupted).

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 is one of dozens of celebrities who played themselves in a cameo appearance in the 2001 comedy Zoolander. In 1956 she joined the English Theatre Company and won the role of Margery Pincher in The Country Wife. She is known among Star Wars fans for her role as Padmé Amidala in the prequels, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. 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. Portman went on to charm critics and viewers alike in Beautiful Girls, and played a minor part in Everyone Says I Love You. 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. That role began a pattern of portraying characters that are unusually smart, mature, and/or precocious for their ages.

Joan Ann Plowright (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England) is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. After being introduced to acting agents, she made her movie début at the age of twelve, playing a child who befriends a much older assassin in Luc Besson's Léon. Moby Dick (1956) (uncredited, as Starbuck's Wife) (her first film role). She was discovered in a pizza parlor at the age of eleven by an agent for Revlon, who wanted her to model. The Entertainer (1960) as Jean Rice. She was born in Jerusalem but her family soon relocated to Maryland, then Connecticut, before settling down on Long Island. Three Sisters (1970) as Masha. Her ethnic background is Polish-Jewish.

Avalon (1990) as Eva Krichinsky. 'Portman' is a stage name taken from her grandmother's maiden name. Fisher. Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-American actress. Enchanted April (1992) as Mrs. The Seagull (2001). Martha Wilson. The Diary Of Anne Frank (1999).

Dennis the Menace (1993) as Mrs. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The Scarlet Letter (1995) as Harriet Hibbons. Closer (2004, directed by Mike Nichols). Tea With Mussolini (1999) as Mary Wallace. True (2004, directed by Tom Tykwer). Back to the Secret Garden (2001) as Martha Sowerby. Garden State (2004, written and directed by Zach Braff).

Goose! (2004) as Beatrice Fairfield. Cold Mountain (2003, written and directed by Anthony Minghella). Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Zoolander (2001). Where the Heart Is (2000).

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). Anywhere But Here (1999). Mars Attacks (1996, directed by Tim Burton). Everyone Says I Love You (1996, written and directed by Woody Allen).

Beautiful Girls (1996, directed by Ted Demme). Heat (1995). Developing (short) (1995). Léon (1994).

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