Olivia de Havilland

Actor
One of the premiere leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age, actress Olivia de Havilland first became known for her roles as demure ingnues opposite cinema's most popular male stars. The older sister and professional ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1916 in Japan

Filmography

Actor (56)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Agatha Christie's "Murder Is Easy" 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

Queen Anne (Actor)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Maureen Schuster (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Emily Livingston (Actor)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

The Adventurers 1970 (Movie)

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Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Lady in a Cage 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Hilyard (Actor)

Light in the Piazza 1961 (Movie)

Margaret Johnson (Actor)

Libel 1958 (Movie)

Lady Loddon (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Linnett Moore (Actor)

The Ambassador's Daughter 1956 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Kristina Hedvigson (Actor)

That Lady 1955 (Movie)

Ana de Mandoza (Actor)

To Each His Own 1946 (Movie)

Josephine Norris (Actor)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

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Hold Back the Dawn 1940 (Movie)

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The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

Amy Lind (Actor)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

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Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Melanie Hamilton (Actor)

The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

Kit Carson Halliday (Actor)

Dodge City 1938 (Movie)

Abbie Irving (Actor)

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (Movie)

Lady Marian Fitzswalter (Actor)

Anthony Adverse 1935 (Movie)

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The Charge of the Light Brigade 1935 (Movie)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Hermia (Actor)

Captain Blood 1934 (Movie)

Arabela Bishop (Actor)

Alibi Ike (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Devotion (Movie)

Charlotte Bronte (Actor)

Four's a Crowd (Movie)

Lorri Dillingwell (Actor)

Gold Is Where You Find It (Movie)

Serena Ferris (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

Smokey Allard (Actor)

Hard to Get (Movie)

Margaret Richards (Actor)

In This Our Life (Movie)

Roy Timberlake (Actor)

My Cousin Rachel (Movie)

Rachel Ashley (Actor)

My Love Came Back (Movie)

Amelia Cullen (Actor)

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

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Raffles (Movie)

Gwen Manders (Actor)

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

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The Dark Mirror (Movie)

Terry Collins (Actor)

The Great Garrick (Movie)

Germaine De Le Corbe (Actor)

The Heiress (Movie)

Catherine Sloper (Actor)

The Irish in Us (Movie)

Lucille Jackson (Actor)

The Male Animal (Movie)

Ellen Turner (Actor)

The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

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The Snake Pit (Movie)

Virginia Stuart Cunningham (Actor)

The Well-Groomed Bride (Movie)

Margie Dawson (Actor)

The Woman He Loved (TV Show)

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Wings of the Navy (Movie)

Irene Dale (Actor)

Biography

One of the premiere leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age, actress Olivia de Havilland first became known for her roles as demure ingénues opposite cinema's most popular male stars. The older sister and professional contemporary of actress Joan Fontaine, de Havilland began her career as a contract star for Warner Bros. Pictures in 1935. Her breakout film, the swashbuckling adventure "Captain Blood" (1936) opposite Errol Flynn, was the first entry in one of filmdom's greatest romantic onscreen pairings. She appeared with Flynn in seven more features, including "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and made history the following year with her role as the noble Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, best friend of flawed heroine Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in the timeless classic "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Behind the scenes, a rumored sibling rivalry between her and Fontaine was the subject of Hollywood gossip for decades. The actress won her first Academy Award for her starring role in the melodrama "To Each His Own" (1946). Embracing flawed, unglamorous characters, de Havilland garnered acclaim for her work in "The Snake Pit" (1948) and picked up a second Oscar with "The Heiress" (1949). By the 1950s, de Havilland's film output decreased substantially, with her appearance opposite fellow icon Bette Davis in "Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964) being one of her more notable late-career efforts. A true luminary of the silver screen, de Havilland would always be remembered for the elegance and grace she possessed both on and off camera.

Relationships

Joan Fontaine Actor

Sister
Born Oct. 22, 1917

George Fontaine

Step-Father

Lillian Fontaine Actor

Mother
Born June 11, 1886 as Lilian Augusta Ruse; divorced Walter de Havilland c. 1919 and later married George M Fontaine Died 1975

Gisèle Galante

Daughter
Born July 18, 1956; father, Pierre Galante

Pierre Galante Actor

Husband
Met at 1953 Cannes Film Festival Married April 2, 1955 Divorced April 30, 1979

Marcus Goodrich Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 26, 1946 Divorced Aug. 28, 1953

Benjamin Goodrich

Son
Born Dec. 1, 1949; father, Marcus Goodrich Died Oct. 1, 1991 at age 42 of heart disease brought on by treatment for Hodgkin's disease (diagnosed at age 19)

Geoffrey Havilland

Cousin
Founded de Havilland aviation company, a precursor of British Aerospace

Howard Hughes Actor

Companion
Dated in 1930s No longer together

John Huston Actor

Companion
Briefly involved in 1940s and later in 1950s after her divorce

James Stewart Actor

Companion
Dated in 1940s She ended relationship when he failed to propose

Walter de Havilland

Father
Divorced from Olivia's mother c. 1919 Owned law practice in Japan

EDUCATION

Notre Dame Convent

Belmont , California

Mills College

Oakland , California
Attended on a scholarship

Milestones

1988

Last screen appearance to date as Wallace Simpson's Aunt Bessie in the CBS movie "The Woman He Loved"

1986

Received Golden Globe Award (and Emmy nomination) for her portrayal of the Dowager Empress Maria in the NBC miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna"

1979

Last feature to date, "The 5th Musketeer"

1979

Played Mrs Warner in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"

1977

Acted in "Airport '77"

1972

TV-movie debut in gothic horror story, "The Screaming Woman" (ABC)

1966

TV debut in "Noon Wine" on "ABC Stage 67"

1964

Offered a marvelous turn as Bette Davis' conniving cousin in Robert Aldrich's "Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte"

1962

Starred on Broadway in "A Gift of Time"

1958

Ninth and last film with Curtiz, "Proud Rebel"

1949

Won her second Oscar as Best Actress for "The Heiress"

1948

Nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award as an inmate in a mental institution in "The Snake Pit"

1946

Earned first Best Actress Oscar as a woman who gives her child up in "To Each His Own"

1942

Engaged in long-running dispute with Warner Bros. when they tried to add on the time she was suspended to her seven-year contract; her lawyer won the case and the court verdict became known as the de Havilland decision

1940

Last co-starring appearance with Errol Flynn, "They Died With Their Boots On"

1940

Received Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for "Hold Back the Dawn"; lost to sister Joan Fontaine

1939

Received Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Melanie in "Gone With the Wind"; fellow cast member Hattie McDaniel carried off the prize

1935

Made film debut in Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1935

First of eight co-starring appearances with Errol Flynn, "Captain Blood"; also first of nine collaborations with director Michael Curtiz

1935

Signed by Warner Bros. to a seven-year contract

1935

First film released, "Alibi Ike"

1934

Professional stage debut as Hermia in Max Reinhardt's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Hollywood Bowl

1933

Appeared in local production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" while a freshman in college; seen by director Max Reinhardt and hired for his stage and screen versions of the play

1919

Moved to California with her mother and sister after parent's divorce

Moved to Paris in mid-1950s after marriage to Pierre Galante

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Women's National Press Club Award in 1949.

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She was thrice given the LOOK magazine award in 1941, 1948 and 1949.

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De Havilland received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998.

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On November 17, 2008, at the age of 92, she received the National Medal for the Arts.

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In September 2010 was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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