JOAN PLOWRIGHT Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Joan Ann Plowright                                                                     
Born: 28 October 1929 Brigg, Parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England                         
Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier (born 28 October 1929), better known as                   
Dame Joan Plowright, is an English actress and the third wife and widow of                   
Laurence Olivier. She was awarded a CBE in 1970 and was made a Dame (DBE) in the             
New Year's Honours of 2004.                                                                 
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 in 1951 and her London debut in 1954; she was                 
long known as a superb theatre actress.                                                     
In 1956 she joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court and won the role             
of Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. She appeared with George Devine in the             
Eugène Ionesco play, Les Chaises, Major Barbara, Saint Joan, and in 1957 she co-starred     
with future husband 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.                 
Plowright continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer (1960)           
and The Three Sisters (1970). In 1961 she received a Tony Award for her role in             
A Taste of Honey on Broadway. After a brief hiatus to devote time to her family             
she returned to the screen and can be seen in films such as Dennis the Menace,               
Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, and Tea With Mussolini.             
She was also notable for her major role's in 101 Dalmatians and Balto.                       
In 2003, Plowright performed in the stage production Absolutely! in London.