Olivia de Havilland Turns 104 Today

Olivia de Havilland is a living legend.

Emphasis on the living. Today she turns an incredible 104.

She’s the last living old Hollywood icon. She got her start playing opposite Errol Flynn in adventure movies like Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

In 1939 she was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for her role as Melanie in Gone With the Wind, the most successful movie that ever has been and ever will be.

She won twin Lead Actress Oscars for her roles in To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). She was also nominated for her work in The Snake Pit (1948).

We’ll cover her films and more in the Golden Age of Hollywood series–including her successful lawsuit against Warner Brothers that toppled the studio system and her long running feud with her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine (whom we’ll also get to.)

Oh, the stories she could tell.

But for now, let’s wish her a Happy Birthday for 104 incredible years.

The Essential De Havilland Filmography

Want more?  Click here for an index of all posts in this series, as well as source notes and suggested reading.

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