Olivia De Havilland (1916 - 2020)

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Olivia De Havilland
1916 - 2020
July 1, 1916
Tokyo, Japan
July 25, 2020
Paris, IDF, France
Other Names
Olivia Mary de Havilland, Livvie
Olivia De Havilland of Paris, Paris County, IDF France was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo Japan to Lillian Fontaine and Walter De Havilland. Olivia De Havilland had a sister Joan Fontaine. She married Marcus Aurelius Goodrich on August 26, 1946 and they later divorced in 1953. They had a child Benjamin Briggs Goodrich. She married Pierre Galante on April 2, 1955 in Paris, Paris County, Île-de-France France and they later divorced in 1979. They had a child Gisèle Galante. Olivia De Havilland died at age 104 years old on July 25, 2020 in Paris, IDF France, and was buried at Cremated, ashes scattered.
Updated: December 7, 2020
Biography ID: 192723781

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Olivia de Havilland and her sister Joan Fontaine both became well known actresses and (sometimes) rivals. Olivia accomplished so much during her 104 years - you can read on for some of what she did below, as well as by scrolling down to the reasons for the rivalry between her and her sister.

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Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE was a French-British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading actresses of her time. She was also one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema, until her death in 2020. Her younger sister was actress Joan Fontaine.

De Havilland first came to prominence as a screen couple with Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is that of Melanie Hamilton in the classic film Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she received her first of five Oscar nominations, the only one for Best Supporting Actress.

De Havilland departed from ingénue roles in the 1940s and later received acclaim for her performances in Hold Back the Dawn (1941), To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949), receiving nominations for Best Actress for each, winning for To Each His Own and The Heiress. She was also successful in work on stage and television. De Havilland lived in Paris from the 1950s, and received honors such as the National Medal of the Arts, the Légion d'honneur, and the appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In addition to her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theater, appearing three times on Broadway, in Romeo and Juliet (1951), Candida (1952), and A Gift of Time (1962). She also worked in television, appearing in the successful miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie or Series. During her film career, de Havilland also collected 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.
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Paris, Paris County, IDF France
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Saratoga Grammar School, Saratoga CA Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos CA Notre Dame Convent, Belmont CA


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Academy Award (won), Best Actress To Each His Own 1946 Academy Award (nominated) Gone with the Wind 1940; Hold Back the Dawn 1941; The Snake Pit 1948

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July 25, 2020
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Olivia De Havilland passed away at age 104 years old on July 25, 2020 in Paris, IDF France, and was buried at Cremated, ashes scattered. Olivia De Havilland of Paris, Paris County, IDF France was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo Japan to Lillian Fontaine and Walter De Havilland. Olivia De Havilland had a sister Joan Fontaine. She married Marcus Aurelius Goodrich on August 26, 1946 and they later divorced in 1953. They had a child Benjamin Briggs Goodrich. She would also marry Pierre Galante on April 2, 1955 in Paris, Paris County, Île-de-France France and they later divorced in 1979. They had a child Gisèle Galante.

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Olivia De Havilland lived 4 years longer than the average de Havilland family member when she died at the age of 104.
The average age of a De Havilland family member is 100.

Relationship with actress sister, Joan Fontaine

From Wikipedia: De Havilland and her sister Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. According to biographer Charles Higham, the sisters always had an uneasy relationship, starting in early childhood when Olivia had trouble accepting the idea of having a younger sister, and Joan resenting her mother's favoring Olivia. Olivia would rip up the clothes that her sister was given to wear as hand-me-downs, forcing Joan to stitch them together again. This tension was made worse by Fontaine's frequent childhood illnesses, which led to her mother's overly protective expression "Livvie can, Joan can't." De Havilland was the first to become an actress, and for several years Fontaine was overshadowed by her sister's accomplishments. When Mervyn LeRoy offered Fontaine a personal contract, her mother told her that Warner Bros. was "Olivia's studio" and that she could not use the family name "de Havilland". In 1942, de Havilland and Fontaine were both nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress‍—‌de Havilland for Hold Back the Dawn and Fontaine for Suspicion. When Fontaine's name was announced as winner, de Havilland reacted graciously saying "We've got it!" According to biographer Charles Higham, Fontaine rejected de Havilland's attempts to congratulate her, leaving the other offended and embarrassed. Their relationship was strained further in 1946 when Fontaine made negative comments to an interviewer about de Havilland's new husband Marcus Goodrich. When she read her sister's remarks, de Havilland was deeply hurt and waited for an apology that never was offered The following year after accepting her first Academy Award for To Each His Own, de Havilland was approached backstage by Fontaine, who extended her hand to congratulate her; de Havilland turned away from her sister. The two did not speak for the next five years after the incident. This may have caused an estrangement between Fontaine and her own daughters, who maintained a covert relationship with their aunt. Following her divorce from Goodrich, de Havilland resumed contact with her sister, coming to her apartment in New York and spending Christmas together in 1961. The final break between the sisters occurred in 1975 over disagreements over their mother's cancer treatment‍—‌de Havilland wanted to consult other doctors and supported exploratory surgery; Fontaine disagreed. Fontaine later claimed her sister had not notified her of their mother's death while she was touring with a play‍—‌de Havilland in fact had sent a telegram, which took two weeks to reach her sister. The sibling feud ended with Fontaine's death on December 15, 2013. The following day, de Havilland released a statement saying she was "shocked and saddened" by the news.[
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Married: August 26, 1946 - 1953
Cause of Separation: Divorce
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Married: April 2, 1955 - 1979
Cause of Separation: Divorce
Married at: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France France
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1916 - 2020 World Events

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In 1916, in the year that Olivia De Havilland was born, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

In 1923, by the time she was merely 7 years old, on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

In 1933, she was 17 years old when on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1959, when she was 43 years old, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1993, at the age of 77 years old, Olivia was alive when on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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