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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

On this day in 1907, legendary actor Laurence Olivier was born.

Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier / Library of Congress

Olivier was born on May 22, 1907 in Dorking, Surry, England to Gerard Kerr Olivier, a reverend, and Agnes Louise Crookenden. Although he came from a family of clergymen, Olivier was encouraged from a young age to pursue a career in acting.

A prominent figure on both the stage and screen, Olivier became known for bringing the plays of William Shakespeare to life. He directed and starred in three Shakespeare film adaptations, including Hamlet, which earned Olivier his first Academy Award for Best Actor. Today Olivier is remembered as one of the most acclaimed actors of the 20th century.

Olivier died on July 11, 1989 at the age of 82.

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