Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton Autographs
Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton Autographs. Signed individual pages.
(1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film character actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first performed professionally on the stage in 1926. During 1927, he was cast in a play with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, with whom he lived and worked until his death; they had no children.
He played a wide range of classical and modern parts, making an impact in Shakespeare at the Old Vic. His film career took him to Broadway and then Hollywood, but he also collaborated with Alexander Korda on notable British films of the era, including The Private Life of Henry VIII. He portrayed everything from monsters and misfits to kings. Some of Laughton’s biggest film hits were The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Mutiny on the Bounty, Ruggles of Red Gap, Jamaica Inn. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Big Clock. In his later career, he took up stage directing, notably in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, and George Bernard Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell, in which he also starred. He directed one film, the thriller The Night of the Hunter.
Laughton has been seen by one actor as one of the greatest actors of his generation. Daniel Day-Lewis cited him as one of his inspirations, saying; “He was probably the greatest film actor who came from that period of time. He had something quite remarkable. His generosity as an actor, he fed himself into that work. As an actor, you cannot take your eyes off him.”
Laurence Kerr Olivier
Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his counterparts Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in tv roles.
His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier’s father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first major West End success in Noël Coward’s Private Lives, and he appeared in his first film. During 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft; and by the end of the decade, he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, making it into a highly regarded company.
There his most celebrated roles included Shakespeare’s Richard III and Sophocles’s Oedipus. In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager; he joined an English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in The Entertainer. A part he later played on film. From 1963 to 1973 he was the founding director of Britain’s National Theatre. Managing a resident company that raised many future stars. His own parts there included the title role in Othello (1964) and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (1970).