Photo of Joan Plowright Joan Plowright

Born Oct. 28, 1929, in North Lincolnshire, England, Joan Plowright trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and began a distinguished British stage career in 1951. Although she made her movie debut in the 1956 version of Moby Dick, it would be decades before she would become a recognized film star.

Plowright re-created her acclaimed stage role for the 1960 film version of The Entertainer, playing the daughter of Laurence Olivier; one year later, the two were married. That same year, she won Broadway's Tony Award for "A Taste of Honey."

After some little-seen British film roles in the 1980s, Plowright impressed American critics in I Love You to Death, Avalon, Enchanted April (1992 Oscar nomination) and The Summer House. Her broad range of movie roles has since included Dennis the Menace, Dinosaur (animation voice), Bringing Down the House, Tea with Mussolini and Curious George (2006).

Joan Plowright in Enchanted April

Enchanted April

1992 PG

Stifled British wives Lottie (Josie Lawrence) and Rose (Miranda Richardson) rent an Italian villa for a husbandless vacation. Sharing the retreat are acerbic widow Mrs. Fisher (Oscar nominee Joan Plowright) and socialite Caroline (Polly Walker). The four spend a month savoring newfound freedom and the opportunity for self-discovery. Alfred Molina co-stars in this tale of 1920s English manners, based on Elizabeth von Arnim's novel.

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