Olivia de Havilland: Articles


'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

Rebecca 1940: Joan Fontaine as the “successor” and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly […]


Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired […]


Joan Leslie Dead at 90: Actress Fought Warner Bros. + Danced with Fred Astaire & James Cagney

Joan Leslie. Joan Leslie: Actress who fought Warner Bros. and co-starred opposite Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire dead at 90 Joan Leslie, best (somewhat mis)remembered as sweet girl next door types in Hollywood movies of the '40s, died on Oct. 12, '15, in Los Angeles. Leslie (born on Jan. 26, […]


Olivia de Havilland Movies: 'Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte' as Favor to Bette Davis

Olivia de Havilland as Lady Marian in 'The Adventures of Robin Hood.' Olivia de Havilland on TCM: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress […]


Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland. Labor relations' history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years […]


'To Each His Own' Movie Review: Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland in Classic Tearjerker

'To Each His Own' movie with Olivia de Havilland and John Lund. 'To Each His Own' movie review: Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland stars in Mother Love tearjerker Olivia de Havilland, who had starred in the 1941 melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, returns to the wartime milieu in […]


'Hold Back the Dawn' Movie Review: Olivia de Havilland Steals Spotlight

'Hold Back the Dawn.' Olivia de Havilland behind Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard. 'Hold Back the Dawn' 1941 movie: Olivia de Havilland steals show as small-town teacher in love Olivia de Havilland shines in Mitchell Leisen's melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, a sort of opening bracket for the director's World […]


Teresa Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Winner

Teresa Wright ca. 1950. Teresa Wright: Later years (See previous post: “From Broadway Hit to More Hollywood Movies Somewhere in Time & The Rainmaker.”) Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her […]


'Gone with the Wind' Actress Mary Anderson Dead at 96

'Gone with the Wind' actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller 'Lifeboat' Mary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock's adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care […]


Eleanor Parker: Palm Springs Resident and Three-Time Oscar Nominee Turns 91

Eleanor Parker: Palm Springs resident turns 91 today Eleanor Parker turns 91 today. The three-time Oscar nominee (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955) and Palm Springs resident is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of June 2013. Earlier this month, TCM showed a few dozen Eleanor Parker […]


Movie Stars of the 1930s Still Alive: Oscar Winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland

Movie stars of the 1930s still alive include Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer (image: Best Actress Oscar winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland, Jennifer Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Meryl Streep, and other Oscar-winning actors and actresses at the 2003 Academy Awards) With the passing of Deanna Durbin […]


Hollywood Extras: Anthony Slide Lecture Featuring 102-Year-Old Former Movie Extra

Movie extras, bit players and stand-ins: Film historian Anthony Slide lecture at the historical Lasky-DeMille Barn (image: Olivia de Havilland and her The Charge of the Light Brigade stand-in, Ann Robinson) Author and film historian Anthony Slide will be talking about his latest book, Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, […]


Errol Flynn Movies: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade Errol Flynn movies: Errol Flynn would have turned 103 on June 20. In celebration of his birthday, this Wednesday Flynn is Turner Classic Movies' star of the early morning / afternoon. Inevitably, movies include a couple of […]


Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley Oscar 1967 Photo: Academy to Celebrate John Hubley

Faith Hubley, Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley, Michael Goldman, Oscar 1967 "An Academy Salute to John Hubley” to be held as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series in New York City. Hubley is considered one of animation's most innovative and […]


Olivia de Havilland, Oscar Winner John Hubley Photo: An Academy Salute to John Hubley

Faith Hubley, Olivia de Havilland, John Hubley, Oscar 1966 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series will celebrate the life and career of animator John Hubley, considered one of the most innovative and influential designer-directors in the animation field. The Hubley evening will […]


Olivia de Havilland Movies: 'The Heiress,' 'The Snake Pit'

Montgomery Clift, Olivia de Havilland in William Wyler's The Heiress Twelve Olivia de Havilland movies will be presented on Turner Classic Movies on Friday, Aug. 27, as part of TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series. (See Olivia de Havilland schedule further below.) Nothing rare among the entries (e.g., The Charge […]


Olivia de Havilland on Joan Fontaine

Olivia de Havilland (top); Joan Fontaine in Suspicion (bottom) Olivia de Havilland is the subject of an interview published in the London Evening Standard about a week ago. The piece is a must-read. Discussed are de Havilland's youth, her early years in Los Angeles, Errol Flynn, Gone with the Wind, […]


'Gone with the Wind' Screening

“Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” is the title of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' summer series, which kicks off next Monday, May 18, with a big-screen presentation of Gone with the Wind. “Hollywood's Greatest Year” will showcase all of the best picture nominees […]


'Gone with the Wind': A 70th Anniversary Celebration

Among the special events at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, which runs April 16-25, is “Gone With the Wind: A 70th Anniversary Celebration,” with the presence of Turner Classic Movie's host and film historian Robert Osborne, Baltimore Sun critic Michael Sragow, and author/critic Molly Haskell. On Saturday, April 18, at […]


Femme Fatale Ann Savage: 'Detour' Actress Labeled 'Meanest Woman in Film History'

Detour with femme fatale Ann Savage and Tom Neal. Ann Savage's film career was all but over by the early 1950s, and so was that of her Detour leading man Tom Neal[1]. Never an A-list – or even a B-list – actor, in the early '50s the former boxer was […]


Errol Flynn 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' Screening

A Warner Bros. digital restoration of the 1938 rousing adventure classic The Adventures of Robin Hood will be screened on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The program will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at […]


Olivia de Havilland, Joan Leslie, Michael York Photos: Bette Davis Centennial Tribute

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. (Joan Leslie and Olivia de Havilland photos), Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos) Click on the photos to enlarge them Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis Photos - Part I The Little Foxes original poster and, to the right, Bette Davis memorabilia Joan Leslie Robert […]


'Lady in a Cage': Olivia de Havilland Psycho-Horror Drama

Lady in a Cage (1964) Dir.: Walter Grauman. Scr.: Luther Davis. Cast: Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Ann Sothern, Jeff Corey, Rafael Campos, William Swan, Scatman Crothers   Olivia de Havilland jumped on the aging-actress horror-film bandwagon with the lurid shocker Lady in a Cage. That said, I […]


Olivia de Havilland Tribute

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.” The Academy will also screen several […]


Henry Farrell: 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' Author Dies

Author Henry Farrell, whose Grand Guignol tales What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? were successfully adapted for the screen in the 1960s, died after a long illness on March 29 at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 85. The California-born (Sep. 27, […]


Olivia de Havilland Academy Tribute

Best actress winner Olivia de Havilland with presenter Ray Milland at the 1947 Academy Awards ceremony. © A.M.P.A.S. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that two-time Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, 89, will be honored with an Academy Tribute on June 15, 2006. De Havilland, the […]