Jill Esmond

Born Jan 26, 1908

Jill Esmond was an English actress and first wife of Laurence Olivier.

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1908 Birth Born on January 26, 1908.


1922 14 Years Old When her father died suddenly in 1922, Esmond returned to school and at the time considered abandoning her ambition to act. … Read More
1925 17 Years Old In 1925, she starred with her mother in a play Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, and after a few more successful roles, won critical praise for her part as a young suicide in Outward Bound.


1928 20 Years Old In 1928 she appeared in the production of Bird in the Hand where she met fellow cast member Laurence Olivier for the first time. … Read More
1930 22 Years Old Determined to be near Esmond, he travelled to New York where he found work as an actor. Esmond won rave reviews for her performance. Olivier continued to follow Esmond, and after proposing to her several times, she agreed and the couple were married on 25 July 1930; they had one son, Tarquin Olivier (born 21 August 1936), who later became a film producer. … Read More
1931 23 Years Old She also appeared in two Broadway productions with Olivier, Private Lives in 1931 with Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, and The Green Bay Tree in 1933. … Read More


1940 32 Years Old Esmond withstood the publicity of Olivier's affair with Vivien Leigh and did not seek a divorce. Pressed by Olivier, who was anxious to marry Leigh, she eventually agreed and they were divorced on 29 January 1940. … Read More
1942 34 Years Old She starred in the Broadway production of Emlyn Williams' play The Morning Star in 1942, a production noted for the acting debut of Gregory Peck.


1955 47 Years Old Her acting appearances grew more sporadic with the passage of time and she made her final film appearance in 1955 but did have a recurring role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the late '50s TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood.


1989 81 Years Old She attended his memorial service in October 1989 at Westminster Abbey, frail and in a wheelchair.
1990 83 Years Old She was 82 years old when she died on 28 July 1990 in Wandsworth, London.
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