We had a vigorous debate on this awhile back.
Yes, and I have learned that there are people it is not worth interacting with.
Again, I appreciate your predictable subtle ad hominem. Because I refute your assertion on this particular, (there are a few) issue you self-righteously proclaim I’m not worth interacting with. It’s interesting, however, that your comment on this topic in 2016 counters what you just stated:
“You have no way of knowing that, obviously, and neither of us can prove our point, so I suggest we let it go. I trust you are not insinuating that I am lying about what I heard, and since I heard it from what I took to be a reliable source, I believe it. You are certainly not obliged to believe it on my say-so. It is, of course, obvious that the standard pronunciation is the standard pronunciation and that Olivier himself accepted it as such; the question is solely whether that was his original pronunciation. Again, neither of us can prove anything one way or the other.”
Olivier was born with the pronunciation I cite, and (like the others) gave up and accepted the popular version, which is why he said it himself in later years.
Do you have substantiation for your claim? If you do I stand corrected and accept your position as accurate.
I’ll reiterate the facts, which you seem to ignore: The Oliviers were French Huegunots who had settled in Britain early in the eighteenth century. That would seem to corroborate the French pronunciation, but you claim that the pronunciation was anglicized from his birth. Why?
In our past debate I also submitted more information that supported my claim, which you conveniently ignored:
Nine-year-old Bonita Granville, then making her movie debut as Olivier’s daughter, had an unusual reason for recalling the event: “I remember that everyone on the set said he took quite a shine to me because I was the only one who pronounced his name correctly. I pronounce it ‘O-live-ee-ay’ because I came from a theatrical family and had been taught to learn everyone’s name properly. But everyone else called him ‘Mr. Oliver’!”
Olivier by Terry Coleman
Based on exclusive, unprecedented access, the definitive biography of Sir Laurence Olivier
Perhaps mumpsimus is my interlocutor; therefore, I desist.
*Bold emphasis added