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BRITAIN’S FINEST ACTORS PAY POETIC TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT OLIVIER

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The setting was Westminster Abbey, but the event was pure theater as Britain's finest actors paid tribute Friday to Laurence Olivier and listened to "Henry V" spoken by the master himself.

The tape-recording of the St. Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare's play highlighted a ceremony of music, poetry and thanksgiving for the awesome talent of Olivier, who died July 11 at 82."There may be imitators but there is no second Olivier," said Sir Alec Guinness, eulogist at a ceremony brimming with eloquence, affection and a who's who of theatrical greats among the congregation of 2,000.

Guinness was joined by fellow acting knights John Gielgud, John Mills, and Dame Peggy Ashcroft in reciting from Shakespeare, the Bible, John Milton and John Donne.