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Image of Laurence Olivier

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Laurence Olivier


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0010

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Laurence Olivier (1907–1989) Olivier was noted for his remarkable versatility and striking features. He enjoyed universal admiration for his work in the classics, modern dramas, and comedy. He won Best Actor and Best Picture Oscars for Hamlet in 1948. Olivier was knighted by King George VI in 1947 and in 1970 was made a life peer, the first actor to be so honored. When Lord Olivier died in 1989 his ashes were placed in Westminster Abbey.

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