The Info List - Joan Plowright

Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE[1] (née Plowright; born 28 October 1929), commonly known as Dame Joan Plowright, is an English retired actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Awards
and a Tony Award
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.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Legacy 5 Styles 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Plowright was born in Brigg, Lincolnshire, the daughter of Daisy Margaret (née Burton) and William Ernest Plowright, who was a journalist and newspaper editor.[2][3] She attended Scunthorpe
Grammar School[4] and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. [5] Career[edit] Plowright made her stage debut at Croydon in 1948[6] and her London debut in 1954. In 1956 she joined the English Stage Company
English Stage Company
at the Royal Court Theatre
Royal Court Theatre
and was cast as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife. She appeared with George Devine in the Eugène Ionesco
Eugène Ionesco
play, The Chairs, Shaw's Major Barbara and Saint Joan.

Plowright as Jo with Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
as Helen in the Broadway production of A Taste of Honey

In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier
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. She continued to appear on stage and in films such as The Entertainer (1960). In 1961, she received a Tony Award
Tony Award
for her role in A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey
on Broadway. Through her marriage to Laurence Olivier, she became closely associated with his work at the National Theatre from 1963 onwards. In the 1990s she began to appear more regularly in films, including Enchanted April (1992), for which she won a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination, Dennis the Menace (1993), a cameo in Last Action Hero (also 1993) and Tea With Mussolini
Tea With Mussolini
(1999). She was also the Nanny in 101 Dalmatians (1996). Among her television roles, she won another Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and earned an Emmy
Award nomination for the HBO
film Stalin in 1992 as the Soviet dictator's mother-in-law. In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.[7] In 2003, Plowright performed in the stage production Absolutely! (Perhaps) in London. She was appointed honorary president of the English Stage Company
English Stage Company
in March 2009, succeeding John Mortimer, who died in January 2009. She was previously vice-president of the company.[8] Plowright was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1970 New Year Honours[9] and was promoted to Dame Commander (DBE) in the 2004 New Year Honours.[10] In 2014, she officially announced her retirement from acting, citing her declining eyesight due to macular degeneration.[11]

Personal life[edit] Plowright was first married to Roger Gage, an actor, in September 1953. She divorced him and, in 1961, married Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
after the ending of his 20-year marriage with the actress Vivien Leigh. The couple had three children, Richard Kerr (born December 1961), Tamsin Agnes Margaret (born January 1963) and Julie-Kate (born July 1966). Both daughters are actresses.[12] The couple remained married until Lord Olivier's death in 1989. Joan Plowright's brother, David Plowright (1930–2006), was an executive at Granada Television. Legacy[edit] The Plowright Theatre
Plowright Theatre
in Scunthorpe
is named in Plowright's honour. Upon her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier, her formal title became "Lady Olivier"; however, she never used it in her professional career. Her husband was made a life peer in 1970 and so she became Baroness Olivier. Styles[edit] Over the years Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
has had many titles as a result of honours awarded, and the appointment of her husband as a peer in 1970. As of 2004 her full and official title, as the widow of a peer and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is:

The Right Honourable The Baroness Olivier DBE


Year Title Role Notes

1951 Sara Crewe Winnie 4 episodes

1954 Sunday Night Theatre Adriana Episode: "The Comedy of Errors"

1955 Moby Dick—Rehearsed A Young Actress/Pip Uncompleted and lost Orson Welles film

1956 Moby Dick Starbuck's wife Uncredited

1957 Sword of Freedom Lisa Giocondo Episode: "The Woman in the Picture"

Time Without Pity Agnes Cole

1959 The School for Scandal Lady Teazle TV drama

1960 The Entertainer Jean Rice Nominated—BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

1963 Uncle Vanya Sonya

1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre: Twelfth Night Viola UK videotaped TV drama

1970 ITV Playhouse Lisa Episode: "The Plastic People"

Three Sisters Masha

1973 The Merchant of Venice Portia UK Videotaped TV drama

1977 Equus Dora Strang Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1978 Daphne Laureola Lady Pitts UK Videotaped TV drama

Saturday, Sunday, Monday Rosa UK Videotaped TV drama

1980 The Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Frank US Television film

1982 Brimstone & Treacle Norma Bates

All for Love Edith Episode: "A Dedicated Man"

Britannia Hospital Phyllis Grimshaw

1983 Wagner Mrs. Taylor Episode: "1.2"

1985 Revolution Mrs. McConnahay

1986 The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell UK videotaped TV drama

1987 Theatre Night Meg Bowles Episode: "The Birthday Party"

1988 Drowning by Numbers Cissie Colpitts 1

The Dressmaker Nellie

1989 And a Nightingale Sang Mam Television film

1990 Avalon Eva Krichinsky Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress

I Love You to Death Nadja

Sophie Sophie Television film

1991 The House of Bernarda Alba La Poncia Television film

1992 Stalin Olga Television film Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated—Primetime Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan Television film

Enchanted April Mrs. Fisher Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated— Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

1993 Dennis the Menace Mrs. Martha Wilson

Last Action Hero Teacher

Screen Two Mrs. Monro Episode: "The Clothes in the Wardrobe"

1994 The Return of the Native Mrs. Yeobright Television film

A Pin for the Butterfly Grandma

A Place for Annie Dorothy Television film

On Promised Land Mrs. Appletree Television film Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Widows' Peak' Mrs. Doyle-Counihan

1995 The Scarlet Letter Harriet Hibbons

A Pyromaniac's Love Story Mrs. Linzer

Hotel Sorrento Marge Morrisey

1996 101 Dalmatians Nanny

Surviving Picasso Françoise's Grandmother

Mr. Wrong Mrs. Crawford

Jane Eyre Mrs. Fairfax

1997 The Assistant Mrs. Ida Bober

1998-1999 Encore! Encore! Marie Pinoni 12 episodes

1998 Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within Jeanne Vertefeuille Television film

This Could Be the Last Time Rosemary Television film

Dance with Me Bea Johnson Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

1999 Tom's Midnight Garden Mrs. Bartholomew

Tea with Mussolini Mary Wallace

2000 Frankie & Hazel Phoebe Harkness Television film

Dinosaur Baylene Voice

2001 Bailey's Mistake Aunt Angie Television film

Back to the Secret Garden Martha Sowerby

Scrooge and Marley Narrator Television film

2002 Global Heresy Lady Foxley

Callas Forever Sarah Keller

2003 Bringing Down the House Virginia Arness

I am David Sophie Monaco Film Festival Award for Best Actress

2004 George and the Dragon Mother Superior

2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Mrs. Palfrey Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2006 Goose on the Loose Beatrice Fairfield

Curious George Ms. Plushbottom

2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick

2009 Knife Edge Marjorie


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Joan Plowright
- interview transcript" (PDF). The British Library.  ^ "Entertainment Plowright steals the limelight". BBC News. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 12 June 2012.  ^ "Past Recipients: Crystal Award". Women In Film. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.  ^ Smith, Alistair (5 March 2009). "Plowright becomes honorary president of English Stage Company". The Stage. The Stage Newspaper Limited. Retrieved 12 March 2009.  ^ "Viewing Page 9 of Issue 44999". London-gazette.co.uk. 30 December 1969. Retrieved 12 June 2012.  ^ "Viewing Page 7 of Issue 57155". London-gazette.co.uk. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 12 June 2012.  ^ Walker, Tim (13 May 2014). " Joan Plowright
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bows out to a standing ovation". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2016.  ^ " Joan Plowright
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Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 29 June 2007. 

External links[edit]

Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
on IMDb Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Performances listed in Theatre Archive University of Bristol Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
at the British Film Institute's Screenonline

Awards for Joan Plowright

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou
(1943) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1944) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1945) Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
(1946) Celeste Holm
Celeste Holm
(1947) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
Mercedes McCambridge
(1949) Josephine Hull (1950) Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
(1951) Katy Jurado
Katy Jurado
(1952) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1953) Jan Sterling
Jan Sterling
(1954) Marisa Pavan
Marisa Pavan
(1955) Eileen Heckart (1956) Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Lanchester
(1957) Hermione Gingold
Hermione Gingold
(1958) Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
(1959) Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
(1960) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1961) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1964) Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
(1965) Jocelyne LaGarde (1966) Carol Channing
Carol Channing
(1967) Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
(1968) Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
(1969) Karen Black/ Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1970) Ann-Margret
(1971) Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
(1972) Linda Blair
Linda Blair
(1973) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1974) Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(1975) Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
(1976) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1977) Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Cher
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Meg Tilly
Meg Tilly
(1985) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1988) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
(1997) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Sue Ane Langdon
Sue Ane Langdon
(1971) Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Buzzi
(1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Betty Garrett
Betty Garrett
(1974) Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddeley
(1975) Josette Banzet (1976) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1978) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1979) Valerie Bertinelli/ Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
(1980) Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli
(1981) Shelley Long
Shelley Long
(1982) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1983) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1984) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1985) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1986) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1987) Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond
(1988) Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan
(1989) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1990) Amanda Donohoe (1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(1993) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1994) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1997) Faye Dunaway/ Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2001) Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
(2002) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(2005) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2008) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
(2013) Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt
(2014) Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern

v t e

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Award for Actress of the Year in a New Play

Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1976) Alison Fiske (1977) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1978) Jane Lapotaire (1979) Frances de la Tour (1980) Elizabeth Quinn (1981) Rosemary Leach (1982) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1983) Thuli Dumakude (1984) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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