Olivia de Havilland

Highest Rated: 100% The Heiress (1950)
Lowest Rated: 11% The Swarm (1978)
Birthday: Jul 1, 1916
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Born in Japan to a British patent attorney and his actress wife, Olivia de Havilland succumbed to the lure of Thespis while attending high school in Los Gatos, CA, where she played Hermia in an amateur production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The older sister of actress Joan Fontaine, de Havilland was spotted by famed director Max Reinhardt, who cast her in his legendary Hollywood Bowl production of the play. This led to her part in the Warner Bros. film adaptation of Midsummer in 1935, and being signed to a long-term contract wiht the company. Considering herself a classical actress, de Havilland tried to refuse the traditional ingenue roles offered her by the studio, which countered by telling her she'd be ruined in Hollywood if she didn't cooperate. Loaned out to David O. Selznick, de Havilland played Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind (1939), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the process. Although she didn't come out on top that year, she would later win two Best Actress Oscars, the first for 1946's To Each His Own, and then again for 1949's The Heiress. De Havilland also made news when she sued Warner Bros. for extending her seven-year contract by tacking on the months she'd been on suspension for refusing to take a part. The actress spent three long years off the screen, but she ultimately won her case, and the "De Havilland Law," as it would become known, effectively destroyed the studios' ability to virtually enslave their contractees by unfairly extending their contract time. After completing The Heiress, de Havilland spent several years on Broadway, cutting down her subsequent film appearances to approximately one per year. In 1955, she moved to France with her second husband, Paris Match editor Pierre Galante; she later recalled her Paris years with the semiautobiographical Every Frenchman Has One. De Havilland showed up in a brace of profitable fading-star horror films in the '60s: Lady in a Cage (1964) and Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965), in which she replaced Joan Crawford. During the next decade, she appeared in a number of TV productions and in such all-star film efforts as Airport '77 (1977) and The Swarm (1978). After a number of TV appearances (if not always starring roles) in the '80s, de Havilland once more found herself in the limelight in 1989, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Gone With the Wind. As one of the only surviving stars from this film, she was much sought after for interviews and reminiscences, but graciously refused almost every request.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Gone With The Wind Actor 2014
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet Noon Wine Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Woman He Loved Aunt Bessie 1988
No Score Yet Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Dowager Empress 1986
No Score Yet Murder Is Easy Honoria Waynflete 1982
No Score Yet The Fifth Musketeer (Behind the Iron Mask) (The 5th Musketeer) Queen Mother 1979
11% The Swarm Maureen Schuster 1978
38% Airport '77 Emily Livingston 1977
No Score Yet Pope Joan Mother Superior 1972
No Score Yet The Adventurers Deborah Hadley 1970
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Miriam 1964
20% Lady in a Cage Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard 1964
No Score Yet Light in the Piazza Meg Johnson 1962
No Score Yet The Proud Rebel Linnett Moore 1958
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Joan Fisk 1956
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Kristina Hedvigson 1955
No Score Yet My Cousin Rachel Rachel Sangalletti Ashley 1952
100% The Heiress Catherine Sloper 1950
100% The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham 1948
67% The Dark Mirror Terry / Ruth Collins 1946
No Score Yet Devotion Charlotte BrontÙ 1946
No Score Yet To Each His Own Jody Norris 1946
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke Princess Maria - aka Mary Williams 1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Specialty 1943
No Score Yet In This Our Life Roy Timberlake 1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal Ellen Turner 1942
100% Hold Back the Dawn Emmy Brown 1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde Amy Lind 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Elizabeth Bacon 1941
No Score Yet My Love Came Back Amelia Cullen 1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail "Kit Carson" Holliday 1940
No Score Yet Raffles Gwen Manders 1939
92% Gone With the Wind Melanie Hamilton 1939
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Lady Penelope Gray 1939
100% Dodge City Abbie Irving 1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Irene Dale 1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd Lorri Dillingwell 1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Maid Marian 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Serena Ferris 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Margaret Richards 1938
No Score Yet It's Love I'm After Marcia West 1937
No Score Yet The Great Garrick Germaine de la Corbe 1937
13% Anthony Adverse Angela Guessippi 1936
83% Charge of the Light Brigade Elsa Campbell 1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed Actor 1936
100% Captain Blood Arabella Bishop 1935
90% A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia 1935
No Score Yet The Irish in Us Lucille Jackson 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Dolly Stevens 1935

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