Joan Plowright Biography

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Born: October 28, 1929


Date of Birth: October 28, 1929

Originally acclaimed as a stage actress, Plowright was born in Brigg, England, and trained at the renowned Old Vic Theatre School. Though they were both married when they co-starred together in 1960's The Entertainer, she married acting legend Sir Laurence Olivier in 1961 and remained his wife until his death in 1989. They had three children together.

In 1993 she won two Golden Globes: one for her role in the motion picture Enchanted April, and one for the TV movie Stalin. In 17970 she was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and appointed a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) in the 2004 New Year's Honors List, for services to drama. In 2003 she won an Angel Award for Best Actress in I Am David (2003) at the Monaco Film Festival.


Curious George (2006) (voice)
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
George and the Dragon (2004)
I Am David(2004)
Bringing Down the House(2003)
Global Heresy(2002)
Dinosaur (2000) (voice)
Tom's Midnight Garden (1999)
Tea with Mussolini(1999)
Dance with Me(1998)
The Assistant (1997)
101 Dalmations (1996)
Jane Eyre(1996)
Mr. Wrong (1996)
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Sorrento Beach (1995)
A Pyromaniac's Love Story (1995)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
A Pin for the Butterfly (1994)
A Place for Annie (1994)
Widows' Peak (1994)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Last Action Hero(1993)
The Summer House (1993)
Enchanted April (1991)
I Love You to Death (1990)
The Dressmaker(1988)
Drowning by Numbers (1987)
Wagner (1983)
Brimstone and Treacle (1982)
Britannia Hospital (1982)
Equus (1977)
Three Sisters (1970)
Uncle Vanya (1963)
The Entertainer (1960)
Time Without Pity (1957)
Moby Dick (1956)

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