Joan Plowright


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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 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Spiderwick Chronicles Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
(2008)
Dennis the Menace Martha Wilson
(1993)
Enchanted April Mrs Fisher
(1991)
Dinosaur Baylene
(2000)

Filmography

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 2009 Knife Edge
Marjorie Blake
 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles
Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
 2006 Goose on the Loose
Beatrice Fairfield
 2006 Curious George
Ms. Plushbottom (voice)
 2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs Palfrey
 2004 George and the Dragon
Mother Superior
 2003 I Am David
Sophie
 2003 Bringing Down the House
Virginia Arness
 2002 Callas Forever
Sarah Keller
 2002 Rock My World
Lady Foxley
 2001 Scrooge and Marley (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2001 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Aunt Angie
- Bailey's Mistake (2001) ... Aunt Angie
 2000 Frankie & Hazel (TV Movie)
Phoebe Harkness
 2000 Back to the Secret Garden
Martha Sowerby
 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
 1999 Tom's Midnight Garden
Mrs. Bartholomew
 1999 Tea with Mussolini
Mary
 1998 Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV Movie)
Jeanne Vertefeuille
 1998 This Could Be the Last Time (TV Movie)
Rosemary
 1998 Dance with Me
Bea Johnson
 1997 The Assistant
Mrs. Ida Bober
 1996 101 Dalmatians
Nanny
 1996 Surviving Picasso
Françoise's Grandmother
 1996 Mr. Wrong
Mrs. Crawford
 1996 Jane Eyre
Mrs. Fairfax
 1995 The Scarlet Letter
Harriet Hibbons
 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
Grandma
 1994 A Place for Annie (TV Movie)
Dorothy
 1994 On Promised Land (TV Movie)
Mrs. Appletree
 1994 Widows' Peak
Mrs. Doyle-Counihan
 1993 Dennis the Menace
Martha Wilson
 1993 Last Action Hero
Teacher
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mrs. Monro
- The Clothes in the Wardrobe (1993) ... Mrs. Monro
 1992 Stalin (TV Movie)
Olga
 1992 Driving Miss Daisy (TV Movie)
Daisy Werthan
 1991 The House of Bernarda Alba (TV Movie)
Poncia
 1991 Enchanted April
Mrs Fisher
 1991 Sophie (TV Movie)
Sophie
 1990 Sophie (Short)
 1990 Avalon
Eva Krichinsky
 1990 I Love You to Death
Nadja
 1989 And a Nightingale Sang (TV Movie)
Mam
 1988 The Dressmaker
Nellie
 1988 The Importance of Being Earnest (TV Movie)
Lady Bracknell
 1988 Drowning by Numbers
Cissie Colpitts 1
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Meg
- The Birthday Party (1987) ... Meg
 1985 Revolution
Mrs. McConnahay
 1983 Wagner (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Taylor
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Mrs. Taylor
 1982 Brimstone & Treacle
Norma Bates
 1982 All for Love (TV Series)
Edith
- A Dedicated Man (1982) ... Edith
 1982 Summer Festivals (TV Series documentary)
Nurse Edith Cavell in Cavell
- Chichester (1982) ... Nurse Edith Cavell in Cavell
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
 1980 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Mrs. Frank
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Lady Pitts
 1978 Saturday Sunday Monday (TV Movie)
Rosa
 1977 Equus
Dora Strang
 1973 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
Portia
 1970 Three Sisters
Masha
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Viola - Sebastian
- Twelfth Night (1970) ... Viola - Sebastian
 1970 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Lisa
- The Plastic People (1970) ... Lisa
 1967 Uncle Vanya (TV Movie)
Sofia Alexandrowna
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Sonya
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Sonya
 1963 Uncle Vanya
Sonya
 1960 The Entertainer
Jean Rice
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini Series)
Lady Teazle
- The School for Scandal (1959) ... Lady Teazle
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Winnie Verloc
- The Secret Agent (1959) ... Winnie Verloc
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Jane Maxwell
- Odd Man In (1959) ... Jane Maxwell
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Arlette Le Boeuf
- Hook, Line and Sinker (1959) ... Arlette Le Boeuf
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Lisa Giocondo
- The Woman in the Picture (1957) ... Lisa Giocondo
 1957 Time Without Pity
Agnes Cole
 1954-1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Adriana / Phoebe
- You Touched Me (1956) ... Phoebe
- The Comedy of Errors/II (1954) ... Adriana
- The Comedy of Errors (1954) ... Adriana
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
A Young Actress / Pip
 1951 Sara Crewe (TV Series)
Winnie
- Sara Leaves Miss Minchin's (1951) ... Winnie
- The Transformation (1951) ... Winnie
- The Party (1951) ... Winnie
- The Indian Gentleman (1951) ... Winnie
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Other Works:

(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 »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lady Olivier | Dame Joan Plowright

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse:

Laurence Olivier  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »

Children:

Richard Olivier | See more »

Parents:

William Ernest Plowright | Daisy Margaret Burton

Relatives:

David Plowright (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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