Laurence Olivier Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

24th October 2013

Fact: Russell Brand has bought Laurence Olivier's first house in Los Angeles. The property, designed by noted architect Roy Selden Price in 1926, originally went on the market in 2010 with a £2.5 million (£1.7 million) asking price. After several price cuts Brand managed to scoop the five-bedroom house for $2.2 million (£1.4 million).

11th March 2008

Quote: "I've been called the Laurence Olivier of spoofs. I guess that would make Laurence Olivier the Leslie Nielsen of SHAKESPEARE." The Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen muses over his reputation.

15th October 2007

Quote: "If you think about it, in all his best film roles, he has a putty nose or a wig or moustache. He used to say, 'I can't bloody act with my own face.'" Michael Caine offers clues to the genius of late acting legend and SLEUTH co-star Laurence Olivier.

25th May 2007

Quote: He was a cheeky imp. While I'd be doing my soliloquy as Edmund, he'd be standing behind the Stonehenge set making faces. I thought 'That's Lord Olivier - the greatest actor of the 20th century - pulling faces at me.'" Actor ROBERT LINDSAY on his experience working with SIR Laurence Olivier on 1982 TV version of King Lear.

22nd May 2007

Fact: London's Westminster Abbey will today (22May07) play host to a private memorial service for legendary thespian SIR Laurence Olivier. He was born 100 years ago.

28th February 2006

Quote: <p>"I was in a play at the National Theatre in 1969 and my parents were in my dressing room. Laurence Olivier came in and I introduced them. My father said to Olivier, 'How old are you?' Olivier said, 'Well I was born in 1907,' My father said, 'Same age as me. We're both going down the bl**dy hill now, aren't we?'" SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS suffered from embarrassing parents well into his thirties. </p>

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