Laurence Olivier in Hospital

Associated Press

Laurence Olivier has been admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed illness, the hospital reported today.

The 81-year-old stage and screen actor was in "comfortable and stable" condition in Royal Sussex County Hospital at the south England resort of Brighton, a spokeswoman said. She said Lord Olivier's family has asked the hospital not to reveal any details of his illness. Olivier has suffered from cancer, pleurisy and a degenerative muscle disease. He was quoted in a magazine interview last year as saying he had fought off illnesses by "sheer bloody-mindedness."

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