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Olivia de Havilland

 
Olivia de Havilland Headshot
Birth Place:
Tokyo, JAPAN
Bio:
Born Olivia Mary de Havilland on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, Olivia de Havilland was the last of the great cinema stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. After making her professional debut as Hermia in Austrian director Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ... (read complete bio)
 
Olivia de Havilland Headshot
Date of Birth: July 01, 1916 (106)

Birth Place: Tokyo, JAPAN

Bio:
Born Olivia Mary de Havilland on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, Olivia de Havilland was the last of the great cinema stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. After making her professional debut as Hermia in Austrian director Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1962
Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  [Broadway]
1952
Candida
  [Broadway]
1951
Juliet

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1962
Lael Tucker Wertenbaker

  [Broadway]
1952
Candida

  [Broadway]
1951
Juliet

Olivia de Havilland Biography

Born Olivia Mary de Havilland on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, Olivia de Havilland was the last of the great cinema stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. After making her professional debut as Hermia in Austrian director Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, she was signed to a contract with Warner Brothers that would begin a career which spanned more than 6 decades.

She first came to prominence as one half of a screen couple opposite Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is Melanie Hamilton in the film classic 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, receiving a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination for her performance as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986.

In addition to a canon of magnificent film performances, the de Havilland legacy includes a historic court victory which changed Hollywood forever. After fulfilling her seven-year Warner Bros. contract in 1943, de Havilland was informed that six months had been added to her contract for the times that she had been suspended. At the time, the studios had adopted the position that California law allowed them to suspend contract players for rejecting a role, and the period of suspension could be added to the contract period. Most contract players accepted this, but a few tried to challenge this assumption, including Bette Davis, who mounted an unsuccessful lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the 1930s. On August 23, 1943, de Havilland filed suit against Warner Bros. in California Superior Court seeking declaratory judgement that she was no longer bound by her contract on the grounds that an existing section of the California Labor Code forbade an employer from enforcing a contract against an employee for longer than seven years from the date of first performance. In November 1943, the Superior Court found in de Havilland's favor, and Warner Bros. immediately appealed. A little over a year later, the California Court of Appeals for the Second District ruled in her favor. The decision was one of the most significant and far-reaching legal rulings in Hollywood, reducing the power of the studios and extending greater creative freedom to performers. California's resulting "seven-year rule", as articulated by the Court of Appeal in analyzing Labor Code Section 2855 in the de Havilland case, is still known today as the De Havilland Decision.

De Havilland has lived in Paris since the early 1950s, and received honors such as the National Medal of the Arts, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.





Olivia de Havilland News

The University of Chicago and Folks Operetta to Present the Korngold Festival Photo The University of Chicago and Folks Operetta to Present the Korngold Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 21, 2022

The University of Chicago and Folks Operetta have announced the Korngold Festival, celebrating and exploring the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most successful yet underrecognized composers, Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Award-Winning Television Director John Erman Has Passed Away at Age 85 Photo Award-Winning Television Director John Erman Has Passed Away at Age 85
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2021

Noted television director and producer John Erman, who directed episodes of many of the great television shows and TV movies and mini-series from the early sixties all the way into the 2000’s, died in New York on June 25th after a brief illness.

BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES Available to Stream This Friday Photo BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES Available to Stream This Friday
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 23, 2021

Broadway On Demand will present Jessica Sherr’s one-woman production, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, directed by Drama Desk Award winner Karen Carpenter (Love Loss and What I Wore) during Women’s History Month, premiering this Friday, March 26 at 8:00 PM ET.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 35 Years In Montgomery Photo Alabama Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 35 Years In Montgomery
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 9, 2020

This week marks Alabama Shakespeare Festival's 35th anniversary in Montgomery. From its founding as a summer theatre festival in Anniston in 1972 to its designation as the State Theater of Alabama in 1977 to the stunning performing arts complex in Montgomery (built in 1985), ASF has been a leader in the performing arts throughout the state, region, and country.

Oscar Winning Actress Olivia De Havilland Dies at Age 104 Photo Oscar Winning Actress Olivia De Havilland Dies at Age 104
by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2020

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Dame Olivia de Havilland has died peacefully from natural causes on July 26 at her residence in Paris, France.  She was 104.

Broadway Rewind: THE HEIRESS Arrives on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and Dan Steven Photo Broadway Rewind: THE HEIRESS Arrives on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 25, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012 for the fourth Broadway revival of The Heiress. Written by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, it played for 117 performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre, led by Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in their Broadway debuts.

Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Photo Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 2, 2020

The Light in the Piazza, a romantic, incandescent musical by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) about family secrets and the pursuit of happiness, opens at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Friday, April 3 at 8PM at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Winner of six 2005 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, the show runs through April 26, with specially priced previews on April 1 and 2 (7:30PM). Bruce Linser directs. 

Julien's Auctions ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD Announced Photo Julien's Auctions ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD Announced
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Nov 26, 2019

Julien's Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, has announced its star-studded event ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD to take place on December 16, 2019 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com. This year end extravaganza offers over 400 items taken out of the vault and production archives of Hollywood's greatest films from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today's modern and new box office classics as well as important artifacts, rarely seen or coming to the auction block for the first time.

ORRY Comes to Lee Strasberg Theatre Photo ORRY Comes to Lee Strasberg Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Oct 2, 2019

Orry a?" You're invited to the funeral of three-time Oscar winner and Hollywood legend, costume designer Orry-Kelly. Don't expect a little thing like death to stop the whip tongue and quick wit of the unapologetically gay Australian rascal who dressed and heard the secrets of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Merle Oberon, Ingrid Bergman and Mae West a?" just to name a few. Fearless, funny and outspoken, Orry-Kelly lived life to the fullest, from his childhood in Kiama, to reveling in Sydney's underworld nightlife, to chasing his dreams of acting in New York, to Hollywood. Based on his memoir a?oeWomen I've Undresseda?? a?" found in a pillowcase in suburban Sydney nearly 51 years after his death a?" Orry incorporates music, dance, vaudeville routines, puppetry, digital art, special effects and a taste of those incredible gowns to share his irresistible story. Anyone who loves classic movies, fashion, gossip and Cary Grant will love Orry.

BWW Review: BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES At 3Below Theater Is A Compelling Portrait Photo BWW Review: BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES At 3Below Theater Is A Compelling Portrait Of The Great Stage And Film Legend And Early Feminist
by Steve Murray - Aug 28, 2019

BWW Review: BETTE DAVIS AIN'T FOR SISSIES at 3Below Theater is a compelling portrait of the great stage and film legend and early feminist.

Olivia de Havilland Videos

Broadway Rewind: THE HEIRESS Arrives on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and Dan Steven VideoBroadway Rewind: THE HEIRESS Arrives on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 25, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012 for the fourth Broadway revival of The Heiress. Written by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, it played for 117 performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre, led by Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in their Broadway debuts.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Mommie Dearest' Episode of FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN on FX
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 13, 2017

On the next episode of FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN on FX titled 'Mommie Dearest' as the production of Baby Jane reaches its climax, the feud becomes physical.


Olivia de Havilland Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Olivia de Havilland been in?
Olivia de Havilland has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Olivia de Havilland been in?
Olivia de Havilland has not appeared in the West End