Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 - July 25, 2020) was a 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). Born in Tokyo to British parents, de Havilland and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved with their mother to California in 1919. They were brought up by their mother Lilian, a former stage actress who taught them drama, music, and elocution. Olivia de Havilland made her screen debut in Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1935. During her career, she often played demure ingénues opposite popular leading men, including Errol Flynn, with whom she made nine films. They became one of Hollywood's most popular romantic on-screen pairings. She achieved her initial popularity in romantic comedy films, such as The Great Garrick (1937), and in Westerns, such as Dodge City (1939). Her natural beauty and refined acting style made her particularly effective in historical period dramas, such as Anthony Adverse (1936), and romantic dramas, such as Hold Back the Dawn (1941). In her later career, she was most successful in dramas, such as Light in the Piazza (1962), and unglamorous roles in psychological dramas including Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). In addition to her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theatre, appearing three times on Broadway. She also worked in television, appearing in the successful miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and television feature films, such as Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. During her film career, de Havilland won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her lifetime contribution to the arts, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush, and was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. De Havilland and Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. A lifelong rivalry between the two actresses resulted in an estrangement that lasted over three decades. De Havilland lived in Paris since 1956, and celebrated her 100th birthday on July 1, 2016. In June 2017, two weeks before her 101st birthday, de Havilland was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama. She was the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Tokyo, Japan
    Birthday
    7/1/1916
Princess O'Rourke
Princess O'Rourke
6.4
The Heiress
The Heiress
7.7
Lady in a Cage
Lady in a Cage
6.3
The Dark Mirror
The Dark Mirror
6.9
Light in the Piazza
Light in the Piazza
6.2
Government Girl
Government Girl
5.2
To Each His Own
To Each His Own
6.8
My Cousin Rachel
My Cousin Rachel
6.8
The Ambassador's Daughter
The Ambassador's Daughter
4.3
The Screaming Woman
The Screaming Woman
6.6
That Lady
That Lady
5.3
Call It a Day
Call It a Day
5
My Love Came Back
My Love Came Back
6
The Well Groomed Bride
The Well Groomed Bride
4
The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
7.1
Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland
Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland
7.2
The Making of a Great Motion Picture
The Making of a Great Motion Picture
5
The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland
The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland
8
Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
5.6
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
7.2
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
7.4
In This Our Life
In This Our Life
6.7
Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
5.9
The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade
6.5
Captain Blood
Captain Blood
7.2
Four's a Crowd
Four's a Crowd
5.3
They Died with Their Boots On
They Died with Their Boots On
6.6
Dodge City
Dodge City
6.9
Hold Back the Dawn
Hold Back the Dawn
6.5
The Male Animal
The Male Animal
4.4
Not as a Stranger
Not as a Stranger
6.5
The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde
6.8
Libel
Libel
7.4
The Proud Rebel
The Proud Rebel
5.9
Wings of the Navy
Wings of the Navy
6
Alibi Ike
Alibi Ike
6.3
The Great Garrick
The Great Garrick
5.9
Raffles
Raffles
6.2
Hard to Get
Hard to Get
6
Gold Is Where You Find It
Gold Is Where You Find It
6.9
The Woman He Loved
The Woman He Loved
10
Noon Wine
Noon Wine
6.8
Pope Joan
Pope Joan
6.2
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
8
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
6.3
Devotion
Devotion
6
It's Love I'm After
It's Love I'm After
6.9
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana
4.5
The Irish in Us
The Irish in Us
7.7
The Fifth Musketeer
The Fifth Musketeer
5.2
Murder Is Easy
Murder Is Easy
6.1
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
7.5
Airport '77
Airport '77
5.6
The Swarm
The Swarm
4.9
A Day at Santa Anita
A Day at Santa Anita
5
Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano
Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano
7.3
Stars on Horseback
Stars on Horseback
0
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Thank Your Lucky Stars
6.3
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
6.5
Out Where the Stars Begin
Out Where the Stars Begin
6.5
Show-Business at War
Show-Business at War
7
The Adventurers
The Adventurers
4.9
The Adventures of Errol Flynn
The Adventures of Errol Flynn
7.8
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
8.5
Breakdowns of 1944
Breakdowns of 1944
6.5
A Dream Comes True
A Dream Comes True
5.5
Breakdowns of 1942
Breakdowns of 1942
6
Inside 'the Swarm'
Inside 'the Swarm'
10
Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
6
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
8
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
6.5
Night of 100 Stars II
Night of 100 Stars II
8
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