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 (ō-lĭv′ē-ā′), Sir Laurence Kerr Baron Olivier. 1907-1989.
British film and stage actor and director. He is known for his interpretations of Shakespeare's characters, including Othello and Richard III, and won an Academy Award for his performance in Hamlet (1948). He directed the National Theatre of Great Britain from 1963 to 1973.


(Biography) Laurence (Kerr), Baron Olivier of Brighton. 1907–89, English stage, film, and television actor and director: director of the National Theatre Company (1961–73): films include the Shakespeare adaptations Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1956)


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Laurence (Kerr) (Baron Olivier of Brighton), 1907–89, English actor and director.
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It knows that after splendid yet careful campaigns both in India and Africa he was in command against Brazil when the great Brazilian patriot Olivier issued his ultimatum.
President Olivier might be called a visionary or a nuisance; but even his enemies admitted that he was magnanimous to the point of knight errantry.
He was one of those who were captured by Olivier, and, like all the rest except the general,
President Olivier by similar report is charged with savage injustice.
The British forces as a whole were greatly superior in numbers; but this particular regiment was just far enough from its base to make Olivier consider the project of crossing the river to cut it off.
That they should attempt an attack with such numbers against such a position was incredible enough; but Olivier noticed something yet more extraordinary.
Only a month or two ago a certain Brazilian official died in England, having quarrelled with Olivier and left his country.
There is the red shirt and long black beard of Olivier, which blows as he stands, his broad-brimmed hat in his hand.
All these newspapers will perish; the anti-Brazil boom is already over; Olivier is already honoured everywhere.
1472, thanks to his patron, Olivier Le Daim, barber to Louis XI.
On the other side were the veteran Captal de Buch and the brawny Olivier de Clisson, with the free companion Sir Perducas d'Albret, the valiant Lord of Mucident, and Sigismond von Altenstadt, of the Teutonic Order.
Photo via Olivier Theyskens Instagram CAIRO -- 5 January -2018: In celebration of acclaimed fashion designer Olivier Theyskens' 41st birthday, we took a dive into his beautiful Instagram account, chose our top fashion moments from it and combined them with some quotes by him to brighten up your day.