Dame Joan Plowright was born October 28, 1929, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. She was trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and debuted in 1951. Her dual roles--as an old woman and a 17-year-old--in plays by Ionesco brought her acclaim. Plowright was nominated for a best supporting actress Academy Award for Enchanted April. She was married to Laurence Olivier until his death in 1989.
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