Where it all began
With a passion for performing thanks to theatre-dwelling parents, Stan Laurel began his acting career on stage alongside Charlie Chaplin.
By 1927, was well on the way to realising his American dream when he met the man that would be his on-screen partner and closest friend, Oliver Hardy. After massive success as comedy duo, Hardy died in 1957, leaving behind a devastated Laurel, who decided that without his friend and partner, he would retire from acting.
After having starred in nearly 190 films and achieving his lifelong dream, Laurel’s hard work was rewarded in 1961 when he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
Laurel’s final years were spent in a small apartment in a Santa Monica Hotel. He was well-known for dedicating a great deal of his time to his fans, answering mail and even phone calls. A heavy smoker until around the age of … Read more
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