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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

101 Dalmatians
(1996)
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace Mrs. Martha Wilson
(1993)
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
(2008)
Last Action Hero
(1993)

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 2006 Goose on the Loose
Beatrice Fairfield
 2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs. Palfrey
 2003 I Am David
Sophie
 2000 Dinosaur
Baylene (voice)
 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 A Pin for the Butterfly
Grandma
 1994 Widows' Peak
Mrs. Doyle-Counihan
 1990 I Love You to Death
Nadja
 1988 The Dressmaker
Nellie
 1985 Revolution
Mrs. McConnahay
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
 1977 Equus
Dora Strang
 1957 Time Without Pity
Agnes Cole
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(1/73-2/74) Stage: Appeared in the Repertoire Season in the National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, in Molière's play, "The Misanthrope;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Macbeth" and "Measure for Measure;" Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play, "The Front Page;" Tom Stoppard's play, "Jumpers;" ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dame Joan Plowright

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)
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I have always resented the comments that it was I who was the homewrecker of Larry's marriage to Vivien Leigh. Danny Kaye was attached to Larry far earlier than I. See more »

Trivia:

Although she played Roger Livesey's granddaughter in The Entertainer (1960), she was only 23 years his junior in real life. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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