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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • His autobiography, "Confessions of an Actor," was published in 1984.

  • At the 1979 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed upon him a special Oscar"for the full body of his work, the unique achievement of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film.

  • In 1981 he was given the Order of Merit.

  • In 1970 he was made "Baron Olivier of Brighton," for services to the theater, which allowed him to sit in the House of the Lords.

  • From 1962 to 1973 he headed London's National Theatre Company.

  • He won Best Film and Best Actor Academy Awards for Hamlet in 1949.

  • He was knighted in 1947.

  • Olivier directed and produced, while also starring in Henry V (1944) and Hamlet (1948).

  • In 1939 he starred as Heathclifff inWuthering Heights, making him an international matinee idol.

  • He played the lead in his first Hollywood movie, Yellow Ticket, in 1931.

  • In 1926, Olivier joining The Birmingham Repertory company.

  • At the all-boys, All Saints Choir School, he made his acting debut in 1922 at the age of fifteen.
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