Olivia de Havilland

Name:
Olivia De Havilland

Age:
102

Date of Birth:
Jul 1, 1916

Place of Birth:
Tokyo, Japan

Occupation:
Actress

Parents:
Walter De Havilland, Lilian Fontaine

Spouse:
Marcus Goodrich (m. 1946; Div. 1953), Pierre Galante (m. 1955; Div. 1979)

Children:
2

Residence:
Paris, France

Years active:
1935–1988

Awards:
See Below

Religion:
Anglican, Later Episcopalian

Olivia de Havilland - Summary Details

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland (; born July 1, 1916) is a British-American former 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. De Havilland made her acting debut in amateur theatre in Alice in Wonderland. Later, she appeared in a local production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which led to her playing Hermia in Max Reinhardt's stage production of the play and a movie contract with Warner Bros. 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…...

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