Laurence Olivier

1907 - 1989

A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on acting, force, resentment, retirement, and theater

On resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater, I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare.... An actor must act.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: On Acting, Simon & Schuster 86, quoted by Robert Brustein, New Republic, 3 Nov 86

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on force, resentment, retirement, and theater

On resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater, My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: On Acting, Simon & Schuster 86, quoted by Robert Brustein, New Republic, 3 Nov 86

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on boredom, kindness, and meaning

I'm rather bored by the subject - meaning me. It's a sort of a yoke, but at times you know, a yoke is a kind of comfort. And it's always there.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Interview at age 72; in New York Times, 27 Feb 1980.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton on instinct

Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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A Quote by Sir Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton

We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.

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