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Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (/dəˈhævɪlənd/; born July 1, 1916) is 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 has 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 is the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (/dəˈhævɪlənd/; born July 1, 1916) is 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 has 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 is the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 74

Birthday 1916-07-01

Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan

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Also Known As

  • Olivia Mary de Havilland
  • Livvie
  • Olivia De Havilland
  • Olivia DeHavilland
  • Olivia de Haviland
  • Olivia deHavilland
  • Олівія де Гевіленд
  • Оливия Де Хэвилленд
  • 올리비아 드 하빌랜드

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn as Herself - Actress (also archive footage)
2004 Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia DeHavilland as Herself
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as Herself
1988 The Woman He Loved as Aunt Bessie Merryman
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Dowager Empress Maria
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1982 The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
1982 Murder Is Easy as Honoria Waynflete
1979 The Fifth Musketeer as Anne d'Autriche
1979 Roots: The Next Generations(8 episodes) as Mme Warner
1978 The Swarm as Maureen
1977 Airport '77 as Emily Livingston
1972 Pope Joan as Mother Superior
1972 The Screaming Woman as Laura Wynant
1970 The Adventurers as Deborah Hadley
1966 Noon Wine as Ellie Thompson
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte as Miriam Deering
1964 The Hollywood Palace(1 episode)
1964 Lady in a Cage as Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1962 Light in the Piazza as Meg Johnson
1959 Libel as Lady Margaret Anne Loddon
1958 The Proud Rebel as Linnett Moore
1956 The Ambassador's Daughter as Joan Fisk
1955 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1955 Not as a Stranger as Kristina Hedvigson
1955 That Lady as Ana de Mendoza
1953 The Academy Awards(13 episodes)
1952 My Cousin Rachel as Rachel Sangalletti Ashley
1949 The Heiress as Catherine Sloper
1948 The Snake Pit as Virginia Stuart Cunningham
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)
1946 The Dark Mirror as Terry / Ruth Collins
1946 The Well Groomed Bride as Margie Dawson
1946 Devotion as Charlotte Bronte
1946 To Each His Own as Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris
1944 Breakdowns of 1944 as Herself
1943 Government Girl as Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard
1943 Princess O'Rourke as Princess Maria
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars as Herself
1943 Show-Business at War as Herself
1942 In This Our Life as Roy Timberlake
1942 The Male Animal as Ellen Turner
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Herself (uncredited)
1941 They Died with Their Boots On as Elizabeth Bacon
1941 Hold Back the Dawn as Emmy Brown
1941 The Strawberry Blonde as Amy Lind
1940 Santa Fe Trail as Kit Carson Holliday
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Herself
1940 My Love Came Back as Amelia Cornell
1939 Raffles as Gwen
1939 Gone with the Wind as Melanie Hamilton
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Lady Penelope Gray
1939 Dodge City as Abbie Irving
1939 Wings of the Navy as Irene Dale
1938 Hard to Get as Margaret
1938 Four's a Crowd as Lorri Dillingwell
1938 Out Where the Stars Begin as Herself, clip from 'Gold Is Where You Find It' (archive footage)
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood as Maid Marian
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Serena Ferris
1937 It's Love I'm After as Marcia West
1937 The Great Garrick as Germaine de la Corbe
1937 A Day at Santa Anita as Olivia de Havilland (uncredited)
1937 Call It a Day as Catherine 'Cath' Hilton
1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade as Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
1936 Anthony Adverse as Angela Guiseppe
1936 The Making of a Great Motion Picture
1935 A Dream Comes True as Herself (uncredited)
1935 Captain Blood as Arabella Bishop
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hermia, In love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
1935 The Irish in Us as Lucille Jackson
1935 Alibi Ike as Dolly Stevens

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