People: Jun. 22, 1970

"I have never snatched so quickly at a role in my life," said Sir Laurence Olivier. Something Shakespearean? Not at all. Next season at London's Old Vic. the 63-year-old actor (who was honored with a life peerage last week, making him the only lord on the British stage) will play Nathan Detroit, proprietor of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in the durable Damon Runyon musical Guys and Dolls. Sir Laurence dismisses suggestions that the accents of the Queen's English cannot adapt to the argot of Times Square. As for Detroit's one song—well, Sir Laurence has carried a tune onstage...

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