Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

Sir Laurence Olivier was, in every telling, one of the
world’s greatest actors. During a long, illustrious career,
Lord Olivier received hundreds of awards, tributes, and
encomiums for his brilliant work in the theater and
cinema.

During one such occasion some twenty-five years ago, the
great Olivier accepted an award with much grace and
style.

In the multiplicity of your nation’s goodnesses, this demonstration of it must make it seem that at times such prodigality must surely be in danger of overlapping itself. But never, it seems, does it fall or falter.

This new star in its firmament must outshine the suns of all men’s days and render the one thus shone upon quite dumb, jawdroppedly mute in the face of its blaze.

My heart is indeed so full as to be in danger of overflowing and causing my desperate struggle for expression to drown itself in dismal helplessness and drown you in most painful embarrassment.

I can only say thank you for the amplitude of your kindness to one who is a foreigner, though not perhaps a stranger; for the glowing generosity that prompts you to give to me the totally undeserved but nonetheless wondrous glory of such an occasion.

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