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Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland


7/1/1916, Toyko, Japan

Birth Name

Olivia Mary de Havilland



Also Known As

Olivia DeHavilland, Olivia De Havilland, Olivia deHavilland
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Olivia de Havilland (born July 01 1916), was an Academy Award-winning, Emmy-nominated, Canadian actress best known for her starring roles in Hollywood film noir's in the 1930's and the 1940's. Olivia is the older sister of Academy Award winning actress Joan Fontaine. They haven't spoke since 1975 and…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She was reported to have declined the role of Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, citing the unsavoury nature of the some elements of the script, and saying there were certain lines she could not allow herself to speak.

    • Olivia had a long relationship with the American film producer and aviator Howard Hughes.

    • Olivia attended Los Gatos High School, in California.

    • Olivia and her sister Joan are the first sisters to win an Oscar for Best Actress each.

    • Olivia celebrated her 90th birthday in July 2006 by having a party at her daughters home in Malibu.

    • Olivia received a salary of $25,000 for appearing in Gone with the Wind.

    • Olivia has had a long history of rivalry with her sister Joan Fontaine and they haven't spoke since 1975. Olivia has said jokingly that her will states; "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan, since she has none".

    • Olivia, Jane Wyman, Jennifer Jones and Joan Fontaine are the only actress' alive who have won an Oscar for Best Actress in the 40's.

    • Olivia presented an award at the Oscars in 2003, and became she oldest person to present a competitive Oscar, as she was 86 at the time.

    • Olivia was good friends with the actress' Bette Davis and Gloria Stuart.

    • Olivia became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.

    • Olivia was good friends with her fellow Gone with the Wind co-star, Hattie McDaniel, and along with Clark Gable refused to attend the premiere unless Hattie was allowed to attend.

    • Olivia is the only one of the five members of the cast of Gone With the Wind who received star billing, who is alive today. Ironically her character is the only one that dies in the movie. The five who received the star billing are; Olivia, Vivian Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard and Clark Gable.

    • Olivia was married to Pierre Galante from 1955 to 1979, but they remained friends after they divorced.

    • Olivia is the daughter of the actress Lillian Fontaine.

    • Olivia is the sister of the actress Joan Fontaine.

    • Olivia married screenwriter Marcus Goodrich in 1946 but she divorced him in 1953.

    • In 1965, Olivia became the first female president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

    • Olivia turned down the role of Blanche DuBois in 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire, alledgedly saying that "a lady just doesn't say or do those things on the screen."

    • Olivia holds the record of thanking the most picture in an Amacedy Award speech, thanking 27 people when she accepted the award for Best Actress for 1946's To Each His Own.

    • Olivia was named after the character Olivia in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

    • Olivia confessed years after starring with Errol Flynn that she had quite the crush on the handsome actor and sometimes had difficulties resisting his charms, but she did.

    • Olivia appeared in 9 movies with legendary actor Errol Flynn: Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Four's a Crowd (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), and Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943).

    • Olivia's nickname is Livvie

    • Her height is 5' 3½".

  • Quotes

    • Olivia: (On the continuing appeal of 1939's "Gone with the Wind") It will go on forever, and how thrilling that is. It has this universal life, this continuing life. Every nation has experienced war - and defeat and renaissance. So all people can identify with the characters. Not only that. It's terribly well-constructed. Something happens every three minutes and it keeps you on your toes and the edge of your seat, which is quite a feat, I must say.

    • Olivia: (When asked during 2006 interview whether or not she missed acting) Not at all. Life is too full of events of great importance. That is more absorbing and enriching than a fantasy life. I don't need a fantasy life as once I did. That is the life of the imagination that I had a great need for. Films were the perfect means for satisfying that need.

    • Olivia: There certainly is such a thing as screen chemistry although I don't believe you find it frequently. There was a definite on-screen chemistry between Errol [Flynn] and me. Before us the most potent example was Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in the '20s and '30s. People should not be surprised by screen chemistry because, after all, life is chemistry.

    • Olivia: Playing good girls in the 30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.

    • Olivia: The TV business is soul crushing, talent destroying and human being destroying. These men in their black towers don't know what they are doing. It's slave labour. There is no elegance left in anybody. They have no taste. Movies are being financed by conglomerates which take a write off if they don't work. The only people who fight for what the public deserves are artists.

    • Olivia: The one thing that you simply have to remember all the time that you are there, is that Hollywood is an oriental city. As long as you do that you might survive. If you try to equate it with anything else you'll perish.

    • Olivia: Famous people feel that they must perpetually be on the crest of the wave, not realizing that it is against all the rules of life. You can't be on top all the time, it isn't natural.

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  • She is very awesome.

    If you want to see Olivia de Havilland's acting talents, watch the movie "Gone With the Wind", based off the novel by Margaret Mitchell. She is BEAUTIFUL! I felt really sad when I saw "Gone With the Wind" and Melanie Hamilton Wilkes died. Why did it have to her role though? I'm also really thankful that she lives today to see that even today, she is a legend in the world of acting. Hopefully, she will be around for an even longer time. She is wonderful. I don't think ANYONE in any way, shape, or form could have replaced her role in that movie. She is awesome, and that's how it will always be.moreless