Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born to a British patent attorney and his wife on July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. 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, Olivia enrolled in Mills College in Oakland. At Mills, she participated in the school play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and was spotted by Max Reinhardt. Reinhardt was so impressed that he picked her up for both his stage version and the Warner Bros. film version in 1935. Greatly impressd, Warner executives signed her to a 7-year contract. Olivia appeared in 3 more films: The Irish in Us (1935), Alibi Ike (1935) and Captain Blood (1935), the latter with Errol Flynn. He and Olivia starred together in 8 films during their careers. In 1939 Warner Bros. loaned her to David O. Selznick for Gone with the Wind (1939). Playing the sweet Melanie Hamilton, Olivia received her 1st nomination for Best Supporting Actress, only to lose out to co-star, Hattie McDaniel. After GWTW, Olivia returned to Warner Bros. In 1941 she played Emmy Brown in Hold Back the Dawn (1941), which resulted in her 2nd Oscar nomination, now for Best Actress. Again she lost 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 6-month suspension. As if that weren't bad enough, when her contract was up, she was told that she would have to make up the time lost for the suspension. She sued the studio, and for the length of the court battle didn't appear in a single film. 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". In 1946, Olivia made up for lost time by appearing in 4 films, one finally won her an Oscar: To Each His Own (1946). Olivia was the strongest performer in Hollywood for the balance of the 1940s. In 1948 she starred in The Snake Pit (1948). The end result was another Oscar nomination for Best Actress, losing to Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948). She made only one film in 1949, but she won a nomination and the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Heiress (1949). After a 3-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 both 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.
Name Olivia de Havilland
Also Known As Olivia Mary de Havilland, Livvie, Olivia De Havilland, Olivia DeHavilland, Olivia de Haviland, Olivia deHavilland, Олівія де Гевіленд, Оливия Де Хэвилленд
Birthday 1916-07-01
Gender Female
IMDB Olivia de Havilland profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan
As: Melanie Hamilton
1939-12-15
Gone with the Wind...
As: Kit Carson Holliday
1940-12-13
Santa Fe Trail...
As: Miriam Deering
1964-12-15
Hush... Hush, Sweet ...
As: Anne d'Autriche
1979-04-06
The Fifth Musketeer...
As: Maid Marian
1938-05-14
The Adventures of Ro...
As: Honoria Waynflete
1982-01-02
Murder is Easy...
As: Emily Livingston
1977-03-11
Airport '77...
As: Princess Maria
1943-10-23
Princess O'Rourke...
As: Catherine Sloper
1949-10-06
The Heiress...
As: Dowager Empress Mari
1986-12-07
Anastasia: The Myste...
As: Mrs. Cornelia Hilyar
1964-01-01
Lady in a Cage...
As: Herself
1943-09-25
Thank Your Lucky Sta...
As: Roy Timberlake
1942-05-16
In This Our Life...
As: Angela Guiseppe
1936-08-29
Anthony Adverse...
As: Elsa Campbell (as Ol
1936-10-20
The Charge of the Li...
As: Terry / Ruth Collins
1946-10-18
The Dark Mirror...
As: Meg Johnson
1962-02-07
Light in the Piazza...
As: Lady Penelope Gray
1939-11-11
The Private Lives of...
As: Arabella Bishop
1935-12-19
Captain Blood...
As: Lorri Dillingwell
1938-08-04
Four's a Crowd...
As: Maureen
1978-07-14
The Swarm...
As: Elizabeth Bacon
1941-11-01
They Died with Their...
As: Abbie Irving
1939-03-31
Dodge City...
As: Hermia, In love with
1935-10-09
A Midsummer Night's ...
As: Emmy Brown
1941-09-26
Hold Back the Dawn...
As: Elizabeth 'Smokey' A
1943-11-05
Government Girl...
As: Charlotte Bronte
1946-04-20
Devotion...
As: Miss Josephine 'Jody
1946-03-12
To Each His Own...
As: Ellen Turner
1942-04-04
The Male Animal...
As: Kristina Hedvigson
1955-07-01
Not as a Stranger...
As: Amy Lind
1941-02-22
The Strawberry Blond...
As: Rachel Sangalletti A
1952-12-25
My Cousin Rachel...
As: Lady Margaret Anne L
1959-10-23
Libel...
As: Linnett Moore
1958-07-01
The Proud Rebel...
As: Joan Fisk
1956-07-26
The Ambassador's Dau...
As: Irene Dale
1939-02-11
Wings of the Navy...
As: Deborah Hadley
1970-03-25
The Adventurers...
As: Marcia West
1937-11-20
It's Love I'm After...
As: Herself - Actress (a
2005-04-05
The Adventures of Er...
As: Herself, clip from '
1938-05-28
Out Where the Stars ...
As: Dolly Stevens
1935-06-15
Alibi Ike...
As: Germaine de la Corbe
1937-10-30
The Great Garrick...
As: Laura Wynant
1972-01-29
The Screaming Woman...
As: Ana de Mendoza
1955-05-11
That Lady...
As: Catherine 'Cath' Hil
1937-04-17
Call It a Day...
As: Gwen
1939-12-29
Raffles...
As: Herself (archive foo
1983-02-25
Hollywood Out-takes ...
As: Queen Elizabeth, The
1982-09-20
The Royal Romance of...
As: Lucille Jackson
1935-08-03
The Irish in Us...
As: Amelia Cornell
1940-07-13
My Love Came Back...
As: Margaret
1938-11-05
Hard to Get...
As: Unknown
1995-06-05
The First 100 Years:...
As: Serena Ferris
1938-02-12
Gold Is Where You Fi...
As: Aunt Bessie Merryman
1988-04-03
The Woman He Loved...
As: Margie Dawson
1946-05-17
The Well-Groomed Bri...
As: Ellie Thompson
1966-11-23
Noon Wine...
As: Virginia Stuart Cunn
1948-11-04
The Snake Pit...
As: Mother Superior
1972-08-16
Pope Joan...
As: Herself (uncredited)
1942-01-01
Breakdowns of 1942...
As: Herself
2004-11-05
Melanie Remembers: R...
As: Unknown
1948-06-20
The Ed Sullivan Show...
As: Mme Warner
1979-02-18
Roots: The Next Gene...
As: Unknown
1953-03-18
The Academy Awards...
As: Unknown
1955-07-29
This Is Your Life...
As: Unknown
1964-01-04
The Hollywood Palace...
As: Unknown
1966-09-14
ABC Stage 67...