Today is the 97th birthday of the wonderful Olivia de Havilland.
Olivia Mary de Havilland (born 1 July 1916) is a British American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles. Born in Japan to British parents, de Havilland and her younger sister Joan Fontaine moved to California in 1919. She is best known for her performance in Gone with the Wind (1939), and her eight co-starring roles opposite Errol Flynn, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
De Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949); de Havilland and sister Fontaine are the only siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards. She also received the National Board of Review Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for her performance in The Snake Pit (1948). She was awarded the Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Heiress in 1950 and for Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1987. In 1960, de Havilland was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in motion pictures. In 2008, she was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush.
She’s not only gorgeous …
but she’s also a gifted actress.
Happy Birthday to the lovely Olivia de Havilland.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be Olivia de Havilland. She was technically before my time, but her movies were regularly shown on television. I was enthralled by each and every one, but especially her portrayal of Maid Marian in “The Adventures of Robin Hood“.
My siblings and I spent long summer days, acting out the adventures of Robin and Marian. Although I always took the part of Maid Marian, I played her like a tomboy should. I swung through the trees and flung arrows at the evil minions of Sir Guy of Gisbourne as well as the rest of Robin’s merry krewe. Those were the days.
Do kids “play” anymore?