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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.


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.


Has made Paris her home since the mid 1950s.


At the age of 82, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Hertfordshire, England.


Lost her son Benjamin to Hodgkin's 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.


Is descended from the Haverlands of Normandy, one of whom (the Lord of Haverland) accompanied William the Conquerer in his 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 made a special appearance at the The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) and received a well-deserved standing ovation.


She holds the record for the most people thanked in an Oscar acceptance speech (27) 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.


She and Joan Fontaine are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.


Is the 15th cousin twice removed of Errol Flynn, her co-star in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).


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