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 Dinosaur

Dinosaur

2000 PG

An orphaned Iguanodon named Aladar grows up in the care of a group of lemurs. But when a meteor shower appears, Aladar and his lemur "family" flee their homeland and seek safety. While on the run, Aladar encounters other dinosaurs for the first time.

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