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Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it plans to present actress Helen Mirren with its Academy Fellowship in London next month.
Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning Hitchcock blonde, dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning Hitchcock blonde, dies at 96

Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Joan Fontaine, the actress who became a star playing troubled wives in early Hitchcock films, has died at the age of 96.
Gabrielle Levy

Vivien Leigh remembered on 100th anniversary of her birth

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of British actress Vivien Leigh's birth and a reminder of a career cut short by an early death.

Russell Brand buys house in Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand paid $2.224 million to restore a 1926 home in Los Angeles designed by architect Roy Selden Price.
Vivien Leigh Archive heads to Victoria & Albert Museum

Vivien Leigh Archive heads to Victoria & Albert Museum

LONDON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- London's Victoria & Albert Museum has announced it acquired the Vivien Leigh Archive from her grandchildren and plans to start displaying some items this fall.
Rebecca Hall to make Broadway debut in 'Machinal'

Rebecca Hall to make Broadway debut in 'Machinal'

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- British actress Rebecca Hall is to make her Broadway debut in a new production of "Machinal" by playwright Sophie Treadwell, producers said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
By United Press International

London court declares actress Martine McCutcheon bankrupt

LONDON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- "Eastenders" and "Love Actually" actress Martine McCutcheon has been declared bankrupt in a London court, documents show.

McCartney given French Legion d'Honneur

PARIS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande joked that he preferred The Beatles to the Rolling Stones when he presented Paul McCartney with the Legion d'Honneur.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
By United Press International
Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- To prepare for her role in "My Week with Marilyn," Michelle Williams learned to sing, dance, walk, talk and flirt like Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- "My Week with Marilyn" is to expand into 600 American theaters in the days leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, The Weinstein Co. said.
Scorsese set for BAFTA honor

Scorsese set for BAFTA honor

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it plans to honor filmmaker Martin Scorsese at its awards ceremony in London next month.

Maguire to star in medieval comedy series

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Sean Maguire has been cast as the lead in "Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire," Comedy Central's first fantasy-comedy series, the U.S. network said.
'Real' Mr. Darcy was no Colin Firth

'Real' Mr. Darcy was no Colin Firth

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- A portrait headed for the auction block reportedly shows what the Irishman believed to have inspired Jane Austen's iconic Darcy character really looked like.
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Laurence Olivier
British actor John Simm attends the Laurence Olivier theatre awards at Hilton Park Lane in London on February 26, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM ( /ˈlɒrəns ɵˈlɪvi.eɪ/; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. He married three times, to fellow actors Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, and Joan Plowright.

Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. He is regarded by some to be the greatest actor of the 20th century, in the same category as David Garrick, Richard Burbage, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving in their own centuries. Olivier's AMPAS acknowledgments are considerable: fourteen Oscar nominations, with two awards (for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet), and two honorary awards including a statuette and certificate. He was also awarded five Emmy awards from the nine nominations he received. Additionally, he was a three-time Golden Globe and BAFTA winner.

Olivier's career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades and included a wide variety of roles, from the title role in Shakespeare's Othello and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night to the sadistic Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man and the kindly but determined Nazi-hunter in The Boys from Brazil. A High church clergyman's son who found fame on the West End stage, Olivier became determined early on to master Shakespeare, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. He continued to act until the year before his death in 1989. Olivier played more than 120 stage roles: Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War, and A Bridge Too Far, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth, John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, Daniel Petrie's The Betsy, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans, and his own Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. He also preserved his Othello on film, with its stage cast virtually intact. For television, he starred in The Moon and Sixpence, John Gabriel Borkman, Long Day's Journey into Night, Brideshead Revisited, The Merchant of Venice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and King Lear, among others.

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