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August 21, 2014

Laurence Olivier as Uncle Vanya in 1927


He was 19 years old at the time.

[via the British Library Archive and the New York Times]

August 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


What a great picture, and 19 years old! It looks like an example of how he said he liked to get a fix on a character by working from the outside in - if the makeup & costume felt right, something clicked and he knew who he was playing.

Pauline Kael once described him as the wittiest of all actors, and I would agree. There was something wonderfully self-conscious about his performances that I loved; even in the gimmicky "Sleuth" he cracked me up

Posted by: Flautist | Aug 21, 2014 9:46:25 PM

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