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Joan Plowright

Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own on stage and screen spanning six decades. Born in ... See full bio »
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 2009 Knife Edge
Marjorie Blake
 2006 Goose on the Loose
Beatrice Fairfield
 2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs. Palfrey
 2003 I Am David
 2001 Scrooge and Marley (TV Movie)
 2001 Bailey's Mistake (TV Movie)
Aunt Angie
 2000 Frankie & Hazel (TV Movie)
Phoebe Harkness
 2000 Dinosaur
Baylene (voice)
 1998-1999 Encore! Encore! (TV Series)
Marie Pinoni
- A Review to Remember (1999) ... Marie Pinoni
- The Doubt of the Benefit (1999) ... Marie Pinoni
- To Soeur with Love (1999) ... Marie Pinoni
- Crime & Punishment (1999) ... Marie Pinoni
- I Know How the Caged Bird Tastes (1999) ... Marie Pinoni
 1998 Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV Movie)
Jeanne Vertefeuille
 1998 This Could Be the Last Time (TV Movie)
 1998 Dance with Me
Bea Johnson
 1997 The Assistant
Mrs. Ida Bober
 1996 Surviving Picasso
Françoise's Grandmother
 1996 Mr. Wrong
Mrs. Crawford
 1995 A Pyromaniac's Love Story
Mrs. Linzer
 1995 Hotel Sorrento
Marge Morrisey
 1994 The Return of the Native (TV Movie)
Mrs. Yeobright
 1994 A Pin for the Butterfly
 1994 A Place for Annie (TV Movie)
 1994 On Promised Land (TV Movie)
Mrs. Appletree
 1994 Widows' Peak
Mrs. Doyle-Counihan
 1993 The Summer House
Mrs. Monro
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mrs. Monro
- The Clothes in the Wardrobe (1993) ... Mrs. Monro
 1992 Stalin (TV Movie)
 1992 Driving Miss Daisy (TV Movie)
Daisy Werthan
 1991 Sophie (TV Movie)
 1990 Avalon
Eva Krichinsky
 1990 I Love You to Death
Nadja, Rosalie's Mother
 1990 Sophie (Short)
 1989 And a Nightingale Sang (TV Movie)
 1988 The Dressmaker
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Meg Bowles
 1985 Revolution
Mrs. McConnahay
 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Mrs. Taylor
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Mrs. Taylor
 1982 All for Love (TV Series)
- A Dedicated Man (1982) ... Edith
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Phyllis Grimshaw
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Lady Pitts
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie)
 1977 Equus
Dora Strang
 1973 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
 1970 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Plastic People (1970) ... Lisa
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Twelfth Night (1969) ... Viola
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Sonya
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Teazle
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Odd Man In (1959)
 1957 Time Without Pity
Agnes Cole
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Lisa Giocondo
- The Woman in the Picture (1957) ... Lisa Giocondo
 1954-1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Phoebe / Adriana
- You Touched Me (1956) ... Phoebe
- The Comedy of Errors (1954) ... Adriana
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
A Young Actress / Pip
 1951 Sara Crewe (TV Series)
- The Transformation (1951) ... Winnie
- The Party (1951) ... Winnie
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Stage: Appeared in Richard Wilbur's translation of 'Jean Baptiste Moliere''s play, "Tartuffe," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with John Gielgud, Robert Stephens, Jeremy Brett, Jeanne Watts, Louise Purnell and Derek Jacobi in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

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Dame Joan Plowright


5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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If a man is touched by genius, he is not an ordinary person. He doesn't lead an ordinary life. He has extremes of behaviour which you understand and you just find a way not to be swept overboard by his demons. - On Laurence Olivier See more »


Lady Olivier since 1961, after Sir Laurence Olivier divorced Vivien Leigh. They became Baron and Baroness Olivier in 1970. See more »

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