Joan Plowright

Born Oct 28, 1929

Joan Ann Plowright, Baroness Olivier DBE, is an English actress whose career has spanned over 60 years. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Joan Plowright.


1929 Birth Born on October 28, 1929.


1948 18 Years Old Plowright made her stage debut at Croydon in 1948 and her London debut in 1954.


1956 26 Years Old In 1956 she joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre and was cast as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. … Read More
1957 27 Years Old In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in the original London production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, taking over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when the play transferred from the Royal Court to the Palace Theatre. … Read More


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In 1961, she received a Tony Award for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway.
1963 33 Years Old Through her marriage to Laurence Olivier, she became closely associated with his work at the National Theatre from 1963 onwards. … Read More


1992 62 Years Old Among her television roles, she won another Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film Stalin in 1992 as the Soviet dictator's mother-in-law.
1994 64 Years Old In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. … Read More
2014 84 Years Old In 2014, she officially announced her retirement from acting, citing her declining eyesight due to macular degeneration. Plowright was first married to Roger Gage, an actor, in September 1953.
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