The Theater: Lord of Craft and Valor

Laurence Olivier invaded the 20th century stage and film with his puissance and his presence. After several ravaging illnesses, he bears only the slightest resemblance to the romantic lover of Wuthering Heights or the agile hero-king, Henry V. Today, the valor resides in the man himself and his will to endure. With gracious apologies, Sir Laurence, 68, does not rise from the sofa on which he reclines, but he still speaks in that unique, resonant voice that every other actor fears to imitate. Last week TIME Theater Critic T.E. Kalem interviewed Olivier in...

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