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Olivia de Havilland Biography and Filmography
Olivia de Havilland
Birthday: July 1, 1916
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 3"
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Born in Japan to a British patent attorney and his actress wife, Olivia de Havilland succumbed to the lure of Thespis while attending high school in Los Gatos, CA, where she played Hermia in an amateur production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The older sister of actress Joan Fontaine, de Havilland was spotted by famed director Max Reinhardt, who cast her in his legendary Hollywood Bowl production of the play. This led to her part in the Warner Bros. film adaptation of Midsummer in 1935, and being signed to a long-term contract wiht the company. Considering herself a classical actress, de Havilland tried to refuse the traditional ingenue roles offered her by the studio, which countered by telling her she'd be ruined in Hollywood if she didn't cooperate. Loaned out to David O. Selznick, de Havilland played Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind (1939), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the process. Although she didn't come out on top that year, she would later win two Best Actress Oscars, the first for 1946's To Each His Own, and then again for 1949's The Heiress. De Havilland also made news when she sued Warner Bros. for extending her seven-year contract by tacking on the months she'd been on suspension for refusing to take a part. The actress spent three long years off the screen, but she ultimately won her case, and the "De Havilland Law," as it would become known, effectively destroyed the studios' ability to virtually enslave their contractees by unfairly extending their contract time. After completing The Heiress, de Havilland spent several years on Broadway, cutting down her subsequent film appearances to approximately one per year. In 1955, she moved to France with her second husband, Paris Match editor Pierre Galante; she later recalled her Paris years with the semiautobiographical Every Frenchman Has One. De Havilland showed up in a brace of profitable fading-star horror films in the '60s: Lady in a Cage (1964) and Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965), in which she replaced Joan Crawford. During the next decade, she appeared in a number of TV productions and in such all-star film efforts as Airport '77 (1977) and The Swarm (1978). After a number of TV appearances (if not always starring roles) in the '80s, de Havilland once more found herself in the limelight in 1989, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Gone With the Wind. As one of the only surviving stars from this film, she was much sought after for interviews and reminiscences, but graciously refused almost every request.
The Woman He Loved (1988)
[ Jane Seymour ]
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)
[ Amy Irving ][ Susan Lucci ][ Claire Bloom ][ Elke Sommer ]
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982)
[ Catherine Oxenberg ][ Holland Taylor ][ Frances Conroy ][ Dana Wynter ]
Murder Is Easy (1982)
[ Lesley Ann Down ]
The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
[ Ursula Andress ][ Sylvia Kristel ]
The Swarm (1978)
[ Katherine Ross ][ Patty Duke ][ Lee Grant ]
Airport '77 (1977)
[ Kathleen Quinlan ][ Lee Grant ][ Brenda Vaccaro ][ Pamela Bellwood ]
Pope Joan (1972)
[ Lesley Ann Down ][ Liv Ullmann ]
The Screaming Woman (1972)
[ Alexandra Hay ]
The Adventurers (1970)
[ Cia Berg ][ Jaclyn Smith ][ Lois Maxwell ][ Leigh Taylor-Young ][ Angela Scoular ]
Noon Wine (1966)
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
[ Betty Davis ][ Agnes Moorehead ]
Lady in a Cage (1964)
[ Jennifer Billingsley ]
Light in the Piazza (1962)
[ Yvette Mimeux ]
Libel (1959)
[ Vanda ]
The Proud Rebel (1958)
[ Mary Wickes ]
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
[ Myrna Loy ]
Not as a Stranger (1955)
[ Gloria Grahame ][ Juanita Moore ]
That Lady (1955)
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
The Heiress (1949)
The Snake Pit (1948)
The Dark Mirror (1946)
The Well-Groomed Bride (1946)
Devotion (1946)
[ Jo Kennedy ]
To Each His Own (1946)
Government Girl (1944)
[ Agnes Moorehead ]
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
[ Jane Wyman ]
In This Our Life (1942)
[ Betty Davis ][ Billie Burke ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
The Male Animal (1942)
[ Hattie McDaniel ]
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
[ Veronica Lake ][ Paulette Goddard ]
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
[ Rita Hayworth ][ James Cagney ]
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
[ Hattie McDaniel ][ Eleonor Parker ][ Jo Kennedy ]
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
My Love Came Back (1940)
[ Jane Wyman ]
Raffles (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
[ Vivian Leigh ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
[ Betty Davis ]
Dodge City (1939)
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Hard to Get (1938)
Four's a Crowd (1938)
[ Lana Turner ][ Margaret Hamilton ][ Rosalind Russel ]
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
The Great Garrick (1937)
[ Lana Turner ]
It's Love I'm After (1937)
[ Betty Davis ]
Call It a Day (1937)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Anthony Adverse (1936)
Captain Blood (1935)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
[ James Cagney ]
The Irish in Us (1935)
[ James Cagney ]
Alibi Ike (1935)
  • Olivia's cousin was Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882-1965) the British aviation pioneer and designer of aircraft such as the wartime Mosquito fighter.
  • Older sister of actress Joan Fontaine
  • Daughter of film and stage actress Lillian Fontaine.
  • Relations between de Havilland and younger sister Joan Fontaine were never all that strong and worsened in 1941, when both were nominated for 'Best Actress' Oscar awards. Their mutual dislike and jealousy escalated into an all-out feud after Fontaine won for Suspicion (1941). Despite the fact de Havilland went on to win two Academy Awards of her own, they remained permanently estranged.
  • After her divorce from second husband Pierre Galante in 1979 they remained close friends, and after Galante became ill with cancer she nursed him until his death in 1998.
  • Only surviving star (who received star-billing) of Gone with the Wind (1939). Other surviving minor stars are Ann Rutherford and Evelyn Keyes.
  • Justly famous for her court victory against Warner Brothers in the mid 1940s (which many others had failed) which stopped Warners from adding suspension periods to actor's contracts and therefore meant more freedom for actors in Hollywood. It became known as the 'De Havilland decision'.
  • Has made Paris her home since the mid 1950s.
  • Showed flair as a writer when 'Every Fenchman Has One', a lighthearted autobiographical account of her attempts at adapting to French life, was published in 1962.
  • At the age of 82 was awarded an honorary degree of letters from the University of Hertfordshire, England.
  • Lost her son Benjamin to Hodgkins disease in 1991, shortly before Benjamin's father, writer Marcus Goodrich, passed away.
  • In 1965 she became the first female president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Turned down the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), allegedly stating that "A lady just doesn't say or do those things on the screen".
  • Is descended from the Haverlands of Normandy, one of whom (the Lord of Haverland) accompanied William the Conquerer in his historical invasion of England in 1066.
  • Her father Walter Augustus de Havilland (1872-1968) was a patent attorney in Japan and also author of the 1910 book 'The ABC of go', which provides a detailed and comprehensive description of the Japanese board game.
  • She had two children (one from each of her marriages): Benjamin (1949-1991) who became a mathematician and Gisele (b. 1956) who followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a journalist.
  • It was reported in October 2001 that Miss de Havilland was among 40 prominent French residents who were victims of hoax anthrax attacks. (The attacks were proven to be hoaxes after a woman was arrested in Paris for sending out envelopes containing a powdery substance.)
  • Ms. de Havilland lives a peaceful retirement at her home on Rue Benouville, in Paris. She spends her time teaching Sunday School to children at a local church.
  • She made a special appearance at the 75th Annual Academy Awards, and received a well deserved standing ovation.
  • She holds the record for the most number of people thanked in an Oscar acceptance speech (27 people), when she accepted the award for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946).
  • In 1991, her son, Benjamin Briggs Goodrich, a statistical analyst, died of complications from Hodgkin's disease at his mother's home in Paris, France.
  • Is the 15th cousin twice removed of Errol Flynn her co-star in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
  • She and Joan Fontaine are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
  • Is portrayed by Lee Purcell in My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) (TV)
  • She and Errol Flynn acted together in 9 movies: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Dodge City (1939), Four's a Crowd (1938), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
  • Confessed in later years that she had an intense crush on Errol Flynn during the years of their filming. She confessed it was hard to resist his charms...but she did.
  • Her mother named her Olivia after Shakespeare's romantic heroine in "Twelfth Night."
  • The role of Lisolette Mueller in the The Towering Inferno (1974) was originally offered to Miss de Havilland. The character was eventually played by Jennifer Jones.
  • Was somewhat overweight when she first came to Paramount, yet Edith Head was able to design costumes with a slimming effect.
  • Aunt of Debbie Dozier.
  • Ex-sister-in-law of Collier Young, Brian Aherne and William Dozier.
  • She has a street named after her in Mexico City. Renowned Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernández lived in Coyoacan Town on a street with no name at all, so he asked the authorities to name this street "Dulce Olivia", Spanish for "Sweet Olivia", after her.

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