Jill Esmond
Actor
Jill Esmond
Jill Esmond was an English actress and first wife of Laurence Olivier.
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Mostras e sessões extras de cinema - 8 a 14 de julho - Jornal do Brasil
Google News - over 5 years
Com Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, CV France. Uma batalha pela posse de terra numa pequena vila é travada entre um senhor da tradicional sociedade local e um novo-rico com planos de especulação imobiliária,e ambas as famílias se envolvem na briga
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Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross Sign On for Broadway Revival of Noel Coward's ... - Broadway.com
Google News - over 5 years
Private Lives has been produced seven times on Broadway since its 1931 premiere, which starred the author as Elyot, Gertrude Lawrence as Amanda, and Laurence Olivier and his then-wife Jill Esmond as Victor and Sybil. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
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THEATER REVIEW; Take Hate, Add Love and Shake Tenderly for a Coward Cocktail
NYTimes - almost 15 years
The laughter stops, at least for a moment, with the first embrace. It's been more than five years since Amanda and Elyot have been cheek to cheek, and the occasion is honored with a silence that roars like the ocean. Lest you doubt this is serious stuff, check out the expression on her face, seen over his shoulder. It's a look of rapture,
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SPOTLIGHT; Dark Doings
NYTimes - over 19 years
Nunally Johnson's NIGHT PEOPLE (1954) is a perfectly dandy and intelligent suspense melodrama about espionage and a kidnapping in divided postwar Berlin. The city's ruins loom authentically behind the tingling project. This is one of Gregory Peck's best roles as a tough, imaginative Army officer assigned to a ticklish project involving a Communist
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Books of The Times; Behind Olivier's Glitter, Shadows of Suffering
NYTimes - about 25 years
Laurence Olivier A Biography By Donald Spoto Illustrated. 460 pages. HarperCollins. $23. It will come as no surprise to readers of Donald Spoto's previous biographies that behind the glitter of Laurence Olivier's triumphant acting career flickered shadows of psychological suffering. In books like "The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred
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Jill Esmond Dies at 82; Stage and Film Actress
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Jill Esmond, a film and stage actress who was the first wife of Laurence Olivier, died on Saturday at her home in Wimbledon. She was 82 years old. No cause of death was given. Ms. Esmond, who appeared in Hollywood films including ''The White Cliffs of Dover'' and ''Random Harvest,'' studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Jill
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Olivier Is Dead After 6-Decade Acting Career
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Laurence Olivier, hailed as one of the greatest classical stage actors of his time, died yesterday at his home near London. He was 82 years old. Laurence Olivier, hailed as one of the greatest classical stage actors of his time, died yesterday at his home near London. He was 82 years old. Lord Olivier died ''peacefully in his sleep,''
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A 2-PART DOCUMENTARY ON LAURENCE OLIVIER
NYTimes - over 31 years
IF one were forced to choose the most prominent and influential actor of this century, surely the top candidate would be Laurence Olivier, a star for more than 50 years, his Archie Rice and Lord Marchmain as dazzling and memorable as his Henry V and Hamlet. His awesome career is splendidly reviewed in ''Laurence Olivier - A Life,'' a two-part
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HE MAKES THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY
NYTimes - about 34 years
Ralph Richardson, who marks his 80th birthday today, is the least categorizable of actors and men. He has variously described his face as resembling a pineapple and a hot-cross bun, and he has spent much of his career playing notably unromantic parts. Yet he is also eccentric, with a puckish sense of humor, a knack for doing the unexpected both on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jill Esmond
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 82
    She was 82 years old when she died on 28 July 1990 in Wandsworth, London.
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  • 1989
    Age 81
    She attended his memorial service in October 1989 at Westminster Abbey, frail and in a wheelchair.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 47
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1940
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She returned briefly to acting and appeared in such popular films as Journey for Margaret, The Pied Piper and Random Harvest (all 1942) and The White Cliffs of Dover (1944). It is suggested that in her later years, Esmond discussed the bitterness she felt towards Olivier and her feeling that she had sacrificed her career so that he could further his own, only to find herself cruelly discarded. However, Esmond kept in touch with Olivier, and in a letter to their son Tarquin, said "It's funny after all that time how I can still love him so much."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her career continued to ascend while Olivier's own career languished, but when his career began to show promise after a couple of years, she began to refuse roles. She had been promised a role by David O. Selznick in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) but at only half-salary. Meanwhile, Olivier discovered that Katharine Hepburn had been proposed a much greater salary, and convinced Esmond to turn down the role.
  • 1930
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Returning to the United Kingdom she made her film debut with a starring role in an early Alfred Hitchcock film The Skin Game (1931), and over the next few years appeared in several British and (pre-Code) Hollywood films, including Thirteen Women (1932).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1928
    Age 20
    In 1928 she appeared in the production of Bird in the Hand where she met fellow cast member Laurence Olivier for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details In his autobiography Olivier later wrote that he was smitten with Esmond, and that her cool indifference to him did nothing but further his ardour. When Bird in the Hand was being staged on Broadway, Esmond was chosen to join the American production - but Olivier was not.
  • 1925
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1922
    Age 14
    When her father died suddenly in 1922, Esmond returned to school and at the time considered abandoning her ambition to act.
    More Details Hide Details After reassessing her future and coming to terms with her father's death she studied with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and returned to the West End stage in 1924.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Age 0
    Born on January 26, 1908.
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