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Olivia de Havilland [edit]


Actress -

Born [edit]

July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan

Died [edit]

July 25, 2020 in Paris, France

Birth Name [edit]

Olivia Mary de Havilland

Nickname [edit]

Livvie

Height [edit]

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1) [edit]

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather, whose family was from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Her parents divorced when Olivia was just three years old, and she moved with her mother and sister to Saratoga, California. After graduating from high school, where she fell prey to the acting bug, Olivia enrolled in Mills College in Oakland. It was while she was at Mills that she participated in the school play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and was spotted by Max Reinhardt. She so impressed Reinhardt that he picked her up for both his stage version and, later, the Warner Bros. film version in 1935. She again was so impressive that Warner executives signed her to a seven-year contract. No sooner had the ink dried on the contract than Olivia appeared in three more films: The Irish in Us (1935), Alibi Ike (1935) and Captain Blood (1935), the latter with the man with whom her career would be most closely identified, heartthrob Errol Flynn. He and Olivia starred together in eight films during their careers. In 1939 Warner Bros. loaned her to David O. Selznick for the classic Gone with the Wind (1939). Playing the sweet Melanie Hamilton, Olivia received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, only to lose out to one of her co-stars in the film, Hattie McDaniel. After GWTW, Olivia returned to Warner Bros. and continued to churn out films. In 1941 she played Emmy Brown in Hold Back the Dawn (1941), which resulted in her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. Again she lost, this time to her sister Joan for her role in Suspicion (1941). After that strong showing, Olivia now demanded better, more substantial roles than the "sweet young thing" slot into which Warners had been fitting her. The studio responded by placing her on a six-month suspension, all of the studios at the time operating under the policy that players were nothing more than property to do with as they saw fit. As if that weren't bad enough, when her contract with Warners was up, she was told that she would have to make up the time lost because of the suspension. Irate, she sued the studio, and for the length of the court battle she didn't appear in a single film. The result, however, was worth it. In a landmark decision, the court said not only that Olivia did not have to make up the time, but that all performers were to be limited to a seven-year contract that would include any suspensions handed down. This became known as the "de Havilland decision"; no longer could studios treat their performers as mere cattle. Returning to screen in 1946, Olivia made up for lost time by appearing in four films, one of which finally won her the Oscar that had so long eluded her. It was To Each His Own (1946), in which she played Josephine Norris to the delight of critics and audiences alike. Olivia was the strongest performer in Hollywood for the balance of the 1940s. In 1948 she turned in another strong showing in The Snake Pit (1948) as v*rginia Cunningham, a woman suffering a mental breakdown. The end result was another Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but she lost to Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948). As in the two previous years, she made only one film in 1949, but she again won a nomination and the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Heiress (1949). After a three-year hiatus, Olivia returned to star in My Cousin Rachel (1952). From that point on, she made few appearances on the screen but was seen on Broadway and in some television shows. Her last screen appearance was in The Fifth Musketeer (1979), and her last career appearance was in the TV movie The Woman He Loved (1988). During the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of GWTW in 1989, she graciously declined requests for all interviews as the only surviving one of the four main stars. Today she enjoys a quiet retirement in Paris, France.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (2) [edit]


Pierre Galante (2 April 1955 - 30 April 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Marcus Goodrich (26 August 1946 - 28 August 1953) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2) [edit]

1. Emotionally (and sometimes physically) vulnerable characters. 2. Despite her great beauty, was often cast as plain, everyday women

Trivia (66) [edit]




Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland [edit]

DBE (/dəˈhævɪlənd/; born July 1, 1916) is a retired British-American actress, whose career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood. She is best known for her early screen performances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and her later award-winning performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949).

First Name
Middle Name
Maiden Name
De Havilland
Full Name at Birth
Olivia Mary De Havilland
Other Names
Livvie
Olivia Mary de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Age
104 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Birthplace
Date of Death
Location of Death
Height
Weight
Build
Eye Color
Hair Color
Net Worth
$20,000,000 USD
Residence
Paris, France
Star Sign
Sexuality
Religion
Ethnicity
Nationality
High School
University
Occupation
Actress
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
Gone With the Wind
Year(s) Active
1935–2009
1935–1988
1934–1988
1933–2020
1933–2009
Measurements (inches)
34--
Official Website
Father
Walter Augustus de Havilland (31 August 1872 – 23 May 1968)
Mother
Lillian Augusta Ruse Fontaine (11 June 1886 – 20 February 1975) (She was also an actress)
Sister(s)
Joan Fontaine (22 October 1917 − 16 December 2013)
Friends
Favorite Foods
Corn on the Cob
Favorite Colors
Blue
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