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Laurence Olivier

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  • Confessions of an actor : an autobiography by Laurence Olivier (New York: Simon and Schuster, c1982).
  • The real life of Laurence Olivier by Roger Lewis (New York: Applause, c1997).
  • Laurence Olivier : a biography by Donald Spoto (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, c1992).
  • My father Laurence Olivier by Tarquin Olivier (London: Headline, 1992).
  • Laurence Olivier by Anthony Holden (New York: Antheneum, 1988). 
  • Olivier : in celebration edited by Garry O'Connor (London: Hodder & Stoughton, c1987).
  • Darlings of the gods : one year in the lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Garry O'Connor (London: Hodder and Stoughton, c1984).
  • Laurence Olivier by Melvyn Bragg (New York: St. Martin's Press, c1984).
  • Laurence Olivier by Foster Hirsch (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1979).
  • Love scene : the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Jesse Lasky, Jr., with Pat Silver (New York: Crowell, c1978).
  • Laurence Olivier by John Cottrell (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1975).
  • Olivier edited by Logan Gourlay (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973). 
  • Cry God for Larry: an intimate memoir of Sir Laurence Olivier by Virginia Fairweather (London: Calder & Boyars, 1969).
  • The Oliviers by Felix Barker (1953).


  • On acting by Laurence Olivier (New York: Simon and Schuster, c1986).
  • Olivier at work: the National years: an illustrated memoir compiled by the Royal National Theatre; with Richard Olivier and Joan Plowright, the Lady Olivier; edited by Lyn Hall (New York: Routledge, 1990).
  • Filming Shakespeare's plays: the adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook, and Akira Kurosawa by Anthony Davies (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988).
  • Laurence Olivier and the art of film making by Dale Silviria (Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; London: Associated University Presses, c1985).
  • Olivier: the complete career by Robert Tanitch (New York: Abbeville Press, 1985). 
  • Laurence Olivier: a critical study by Felix Barker (Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Spellmount; New York: Hippocrene Books, 1984).
  • These our actors: a celebration of the theatre acting of Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson by Richard Findlater (London: Published in association with The Theatre Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, by Elm Tree Books, 1983).
  • Laurence Olivier, theater and cinema by Robert L. Daniels (South Brunswick, N.J.: A. S. Barnes; London: T. Yoseloff, c1980).
  • Olivier: The films of Laurence Olivier by Margaret Morley (Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1978).
  • Great acting: Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft, Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, John Gielgud, No el Coward edited by Hal Burton (New York: Hill and Wang, 1967).

Referenced in:

  • Great Stars of the American Stage: a pictorial record by Daniel C. Blum (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1954).
  • International Motion Picture Almanac (1943-44).
  • Who's Who (1946).
  • Who's Who in the Theatre (1939).
  • Lovers: great romances of our time through the eyes of legendary writers by John Miller and Aaron Kenedi (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1999).

The Books/ Plays of his Films:

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  • "Olivier, Laurence."  Current Biography (1946): 433+.
  • "Olivier, Laurence."  Current Biography (1979): 283+.


  • Taylor, John Russell.  "Olivier at Eighty: alongside stage brilliance Laurence Olivier dazzles on screen."  Films and Filming (May 1987): 23+.
  • Anderson, Christopher P.  "Lord Olivier: at 75, a legend reflects on his life and art--and looks 'for a little absolution'."  People (10 Jan. 1983): 58+.


  • This Month n.2 (Jun. 1946): 22.
  • The New York Times Magazine (12 May 1946): 22.
  • Time n.47 (8 Apr. 1946): 56-60.
  • Theatre Arts n.29 (Dec. 1945): 711-18.
  • The Christian Science Monitor Magazine (15 Dec. 1945): 10.
  • Collier's n.103 (10 Jun. 1939): 15+.


  • Gussow, Mel.  "Olivier is dead after 6-decade acting career."  The New York Times (12 Jul. 1989): A1+.
  • Darrach, Brad.  "Laurence Olivier Dies: 'The Rest is Silence'."  People (24 Jul. 1989): 70+.

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