|The Right Honourable
The Lady Olivier
|Born||Joan Ann Plowright
28 October 1929
Brigg, Lincolnshire, England, UK
|Years active||1948 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Roger Gage (1953-1961; divorced)
Laurence Olivier (1961-1989; his death)
Tamsin Agnes Margaret
Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier, DBE (born 28 October 1929), is an English actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.
Early life 
Plowright was born in Brigg, Lincolnshire, the daughter of Daisy Margaret (née Burton) and William Ernest Plowright, who was a journalist and newspaper editor. She attended Scunthorpe Grammar School and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Plowright made her stage debut at Croydon in 1948 and her London debut in 1954. In 1956 she joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre and was cast as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. She appeared with George Devine in the Eugène Ionesco play, The Chairs, Shaw's Major Barbara and Saint Joan.
In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in the original London production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, taking over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when the play transferred from the Royal Court to the Palace Theatre. She continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer (1960). In 1961, she received a Tony Award for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway.
Through her marriage to Laurence Olivier, she became closely associated with his work at the National Theatre from 1963 onwards. From the 1980s she began to appear more regularly in films, including Enchanted April (1992), for which she won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, Dennis the Menace (1993), a cameo in Last Action Hero (also 1993), and Tea With Mussolini (1999). She was also Nanny in 101 Dalmatians (1996). Among her television roles, she won another Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film Stalin in 1992 as the Soviet dictator's mother-in-law. In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
In 2003, Plowright performed in the stage production Absolutely! (Perhaps) in London. She was appointed honorary president of the English Stage Company in March 2009, succeeding John Mortimer, who died in January 2009. She was previously vice-president of the company.
Personal life 
Plowright was first married to Roger Gage, an actor, in September 1953. She divorced him and, in 1961, married Laurence Olivier after the breaking of his 20-year marriage with the actress Vivien Leigh. The couple had three children, Richard Kerr, Tamsin Agnes Margaret and Julie-Kate. Both daughters are actresses. The couple remained married until Lord Olivier's death in 1989.
The Plowright Theatre in nearby Scunthorpe is named in her honour. Upon her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier, her formal title became "Lady Olivier"; however, she has never used it in her professional career. Her husband later became a life peer in 1970. This legally made her "The Lady Olivier" or more formally Baroness Olivier, of Brighton in the County of Sussex.
- 1951: Sara Crewe .... Winnie (4 episodes, 1951)
- 1954: BBC Sunday-Night Theatre .... Adriana (1 episode, 1954)
- 1955: Moby Dick—Rehearsed (TV) .... A Young Actress/Pip
- 1956: Moby Dick (uncredited) .... Starbuck's Wife
- 1957: Sword of Freedom .... Lisa Giocondo (1 episode, 1957)
- 1957: Time Without Pity .... Agnes Cole
- 1959: The School for Scandal (TV) .... Lady Teazle
- 1960: The Entertainer .... Jean Rice
- 1963: Uncle Vanya .... Sonya
- 1969: ITV Saturday Night Theatre .... Viola (1 episode, 1969)
- 1970: ITV Playhouse .... Lisa (1 episode, 1970)
- 1970: Three Sisters .... Masha
- 1973: The Merchant of Venice (TV) .... Portia
- 1977: Equus .... Dora Strang
- 1978: Daphne Laureola (TV) .... Lady Pitts
- 1978: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV) .... Rosa
- 1980: The Diary of Anne Frank (TV) .... Mrs. Frank
- 1982: Brimstone & Treacle .... Norma Bates
- 1982: All for Love .... Edith (1 episode, 1982)
- 1982: Britannia Hospital .... Phyllis Grimshaw
- 1983: Wagner .... Mrs. Taylor (1 episode, 1983)
- 1985: Revolution .... Mrs. McConnahay
- 1986: The Importance of Being Earnest (TV) .... Lady Bracknell
- 1987: Theatre Night .... Meg Bowles (1 episode, 1987)
- 1988: Drowning by Numbers .... Cissie Colpitts 1
- 1988: The Dressmaker .... Nellie
- 1989: And a Nightingale Sang (TV) .... Mam
- 1990: Avalon .... Eva Krichinsky
- 1990: I Love You to Death .... Nadja, Rosalie's Mother
- 1990: Sophie
- 1991: The House of Bernarda Alba (TV) .... La Poncia
- 1992: Stalin (TV) .... Olga
- 1992: Driving Miss Daisy (TV) .... Daisy Werthan
- 1992: Enchanted April .... Mrs. Fisher
- 1993: Dennis the Menace .... Mrs. Martha Wilson
- 1993: Last Action Hero .... Teacher
- 1993: Screen Two .... Mrs. Monro (1 episode, 1993)
- 1994: The Return of the Native (TV) .... Mrs. Yeobright
- 1994: A Pin for the Butterfly .... Grandma
- 1994: A Place for Annie (TV) .... Dorothy
- 1994: On Promised Land (TV) .... Mrs. Appletree
- 1994: Widows' Peak .... Mrs. Doyle-Counihan
- 1995: The Scarlet Letter .... Harriet Hibbons
- 1995: A Pyromaniac's Love Story .... Mrs. Linzer
- 1995: Hotel Sorrento .... Marge Morrisey
- 1996: 101 Dalmatians .... Nanny
- 1996: Surviving Picasso .... Françoise's Grandmother
- 1996: Mr. Wrong .... Mrs. Crawford
- 1996: Jane Eyre .... Mrs. Fairfax
- 1997: The Assistant[disambiguation needed] .... Mrs. Ida Bober
- 1998: Encore! Encore! .... Marie Pinoni (12 episodes, 1998–1999)
- 1998: Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV) .... Jeanne Vertefeuille
- 1998: This Could Be the Last Time (TV) .... Rosemary
- 1998: Dance with Me .... Bea Johnson
- 1999: Tom's Midnight Garden .... Mrs. Bartholomew
- 1999: Tea with Mussolini .... Mary Wallace
- 2000: Frankie & Hazel (TV) .... Phoebe Harkness
- 2000: Dinosaur (voice) .... Baylene the Brachiosaurus
- 2001: Bailey's Mistake (TV) .... Aunt Angie
- 2001: Back to the Secret Garden .... Martha Sowerby
- 2001: Scrooge and Marley (TV) .... Narrator
- 2002: Global Heresy .... Lady Foxley
- 2002: Callas Forever .... Sarah Keller
- 2003: Bringing Down the House .... Virginia Arness
- 2003: I Am David .... Sophie
- 2004: George and the Dragon .... Mother Superior
- 2005: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont .... Mrs. Palfrey
- 2006: Goose on the Loose .... Beatrice Fairfield
- 2006: Curious George (voice) .... Ms. Plushbottom
- 2008: The Spiderwick Chronicles .... Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
- 2008: Brontë
- 2008: In the Shadow of Wings
- 2010: Knife Edge .... Marjorie
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