Only weeks after her 104th birthday on 1st July, Olivia de Havilland has passed away today, July 26th, 2020 at her home in Paris where she was a resident for more than 50 years.
We’ll remember Olivia for all the films she made in the golden age of Hollywood. From her first film in 1935, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to her Oscar winning performances in To Each His Own and The Heiress.
I’ve chosen two video clips to show Olivia’s versatility , one from The Strawberry Blonde and the other from Thank You Lucky Stars.(with Ida Lupino and George Tobias.)
Olivia ‘s court case against Warner Brothers freed performers from having their 7 year studio contracts extended if they refused roles. The De Havilland decision was an important part of Hollywood history.
Such sad news. However, hers was a wonderful long life and a great legacy for us all to enjoy.
Sad indeed but what a legacy. In a way, she did the right thing leaving Warner Brothers, leading as it did to her two Oscars and a string of great films in the 40s.She was still the ingenue in the 30s ( though coming into her own in GWTW).
Lovely to see all the tributes in the media.
A great actress.
Thank you for your fine post.
Vienna, a wonderful tribute to Olivia de Havilland. We will always have her work to watch and appreciate on film.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND R.I.P.
Thanks Steve and Walter. As you say, Walter, thank goodness we can still enjoy Olivia’s films in the future.
I’m glad you included The Proud Rebel, a really beautiful film and Olivia held Alan Ladd in high regard. My two other favourites are To Each His Own and especially The Heiress with it’s wonderful confrontation scene between Olivia and Ralph Richardson (whom she didn’t care for off screen).
Just read Michael Curtiz specifically asked for Olivia on The Proud Rebel.
By far the best film of his chequered late career when his health was not good.