Tonight is the Academy Tribute to Olivia de Havilland (who will turn 90 on July 1). According to the Academy’s press release, the tribute “will feature film clips from many of her unforgettable performances and testimonials from several of her co-stars and long-time friends.”
De Havilland will participate in a “conversation” this coming Sunday, June 18, at a screening of The Heiress - the tale of a sweet ugly duckling who grows into an embittered ugly duckling - and in my view, one of her two or three best films, and the best performance of her career.
Olivia de Havilland Screening Schedule:
Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
To Each His Own (1946)
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m.
The Heiress (1949); featuring a conversation with Ms. de Havilland in person
Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m.
Princess O’Rourke (1943)
Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The Snake Pit (1948)
Light in the Piazza (1962)
Tuesday, June 27 at 1 p.m.
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Olivia de Havilland in the LA Weekly
Olivia de Havilland in The [London] Independent
Photo: © A.M.P.A.S.
More on Olivia de Havilland: The actress will reportedly write her memoirs for HarperCollins. Editor Maureen O’Brien will work with her on the book.
De Havilland, who at one point wanted to become a teacher, reminisced about a conversation she had with Errol Flynn while on the set of Captain Blood in 1935. Flynn asked her what she wanted to get from life, and her response was, “Respect for difficult work well done.”
The two-time Academy Award winner then added, “You here tonight … have made me feel that, perhaps after all, I have achieved that young dream.”
Olivia de Havilland quote: Los Angeles Daily News