In the film The End of the Affair (Graham Greene book),
an Olivier movie appears very briefly on the screen when the lovers go to see
a film the hero (part Greene, part Bendix) wrote. It is 21 Days. (Link the IMDb)
Olivier at age 8
career of Laurence Olivier (pronounced O'livvy yay) was decided
at fifteen, when he played Katherine in a boys-school production
of The Taming of The Shrew. When he announced that he wanted to
go on the stage, his father, a rural Anglo-Catholic clergyman, did
not groan: "Better that I should see you dead." Instead,
he gave his endorsement and financial support. At seventeen, young
Olivier enrolled at the Central School of Dramatic Art, which is
second only to London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At eighteen,
he was able to tell the Oliviers' old housekeeper, who asked what
Laurence did in his first professional engagement: "When you're
sitting having your tea during the interval [intermission], and
you hear the bell summoning you back to your seat, you'll know that
my finger is on the bell."
For years Olivier just thought of movies as a quick way to earn money." In the '30s, his work with sincere, painstaking Director William Wyler made him realize that they can amount to a lot more. His fine performance as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights first suggested that Olivier might be a great actor in the making. But Olivier was never really happy in Hollywood. He disliked the climate; he was homesick for the stage.
When England went to war, he planned, like his good friend Cinemactor David Niven, to join the air force. But he could not get out of his contract. While sweating it out, he took flying lessons and, in an unusually short time, piled up 200 hours.
In two years' service Olivier became a lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm. He stepped unhurt out of a number of forced or crash landings, gave ground and gunnery instruction, never saw combat. But when he got back to work once more as an actor, theatrical London realized that a remarkable new artist had appeared. Olivier has no explanation for the change in himself except to say: "Maybe it's just that I've got older."
as co-manager (with his friend, fellow flyer and fellow actor Ralph
Richardson and with John Burrell) of London's Old Vic Theater, Olivier
works at least ten hours a day. For recreation he spends quiet evenings
after work at the home of friends, listening to phonograph music
(Mozart is a favorite). When possible, he runs up to his country
home, the I5th-Century Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, where his
second wife Vivien Leigh is convalescing from tuberculosis.