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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".

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Jul 1, 1916 In Tokyo, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Alibi Ike 1935-06-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland 2021-07-02
Known For
Poster of The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland
Poster of The Heiress
Poster of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Poster of Captain Blood
Movie The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland Herself 2021-07-02
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn Herself (archive footage) 2015-08-18
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Herself 2009-07-02
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Self - Actress (also archive footage) 2005-04-05
Movie Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland Herself 2004-11-09
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies Unknown 1995-06-05
Movie The Woman He Loved Aunt Bessie Merryman 1988-04-03
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind Herself 1988-10-01
Series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Dowager Empress Maria 1986-12-07
Movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Dowager Empress Maria 1986-12-07
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano Herself 1983-11-02
Movie Murder Is Easy Honoria Waynflete 1982-01-02
Movie The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 1982-09-20
Series Roots: The Next Generations Mme Warner 1979-02-18
Movie The Fifth Musketeer Anne d'Autriche 1979-04-06
Movie The Swarm Maureen 1978-07-14
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis Herself 1977-03-01
Series The Love Boat Aunt Hilly 1977-09-24
Movie Airport '77 Emily Livingston 1977-03-11
Movie The Screaming Woman Laura Wynant 1972-01-29
Movie Pope Joan Mother Superior 1972-08-16
Movie The Adventurers Deborah Hadley 1970-03-25
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie Noon Wine Ellie Thompson 1966-11-23
Movie Lady in a Cage Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard 1964-01-01
Movie Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Miriam Deering 1964-12-15
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up Unknown 1963-07-01
Movie Light in the Piazza Meg Johnson 1962-02-07
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Libel Lady Margaret Anne Loddon 1959-10-23
Movie The Proud Rebel Linnett Moore 1958-07-01
Movie The Ambassador's Daughter Joan Fisk 1956-07-26
Movie That Lady Ana de Mendoza 1955-05-11
Movie Not as a Stranger Kristina Hedvigson 1955-07-01
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18
Movie My Cousin Rachel Rachel Sangalletti Ashley 1952-12-25
Movie The Heiress Catherine Sloper 1949-10-06
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham 1948-11-04
Movie To Each His Own Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris 1946-03-12
Movie Devotion Charlotte Brontë 1946-04-05
Movie The Dark Mirror Terry / Ruth Collins 1946-10-17
Movie The Well Groomed Bride Margie Dawson 1946-05-17
Movie Breakdowns of 1944 Self 1944-01-01
Movie Stars on Horseback Unknown 1943-04-23
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie Princess O'Rourke Princess Maria 1943-10-23
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Herself 1943-09-25
Movie Government Girl Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard 1943-11-05
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Self 1942-01-01
Movie The Male Animal Ellen Turner 1942-03-12
Movie In This Our Life Roy Timberlake 1942-05-08
Movie The Strawberry Blonde Amy Lind 1941-02-21
Movie Hold Back the Dawn Emmy Brown 1941-09-26
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Elizabeth Bacon 1941-11-20
Movie My Love Came Back Amelia Cornell 1940-07-13
Movie Santa Fe Trail Kit Carson Holliday 1940-12-20
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself 1940-07-31
Movie Raffles Gwen 1939-11-11
Movie Wings of the Navy Irene Dale 1939-02-11
Movie Dodge City Abbie Irving 1939-04-08
Movie The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Lady Penelope Gray 1939-11-11
Movie Gone with the Wind Melanie Hamilton 1939-12-15
Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood Maid Marian 1938-05-13
Movie Gold Is Where You Find It Serena Ferris 1938-02-12
Movie Four's a Crowd Lorri Dillingwell 1938-08-04
Movie Out Where the Stars Begin Serena Ferris (archive footage) 1938-05-28
Movie Hard to Get Margaret "Maggie" Richards 1938-11-05
Movie Call It a Day Catherine 'Cath' Hilton 1937-04-17
Movie A Day at Santa Anita Olivia de Havilland (uncredited) 1937-05-27
Movie It's Love I'm After Marcia West 1937-10-08
Movie The Great Garrick Germaine de la Corbe 1937-10-30
Movie Anthony Adverse Angela Guiseppe 1936-08-29
Movie The Making of a Great Motion Picture Unknown 1936-04-15
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1) Unknown 1936-09-11
Movie The Charge of the Light Brigade Elsa Campbell 1936-10-22
Movie The Irish in Us Lucille Jackson 1935-07-31
Movie Alibi Ike Dolly Stevens 1935-06-15
Movie Captain Blood Arabella Bishop 1935-12-26
Movie A Dream Comes True Herself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia 1935-10-09