Olivia de Havilland (1916–2020)


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Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather, whose ... See full bio »

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(age 104) in Paris, France

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The Heiress Catherine Sloper
(1949)
(1938)
Gone with the Wind Melanie Hamilton - Their Cousin
(1939)
The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham
(1948)

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 1988 The Woman He Loved (TV Movie)
Aunt Bessie Merryman
 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV Mini-Series)
Dowager Empress Maria
- Part II (1986) ... Dowager Empress Maria
- Part I (1986) ... Dowager Empress Maria
 1986 North & South: Book 2, Love & War (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Neal
- March 1865 - April 1865 (1986) ... Mrs. Neal (credit only)
- December 1864 - February 1865 (1986) ... Mrs. Neal (credit only)
- May 1864 - Late Autumn 1864 (1986) ... Mrs. Neal
- September 17, 1862 - Spring 1864 (1986) ... Mrs. Neal
- July 1861 - Summer 1862 (1986) ... Mrs. Neal (credit only)
 1982 The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (TV Movie)
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
 1982 Murder Is Easy (TV Movie)
Honoria Waynflete (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Aunt Hilly
- The Duel/Two for Julie/Aunt Hilly (1981) ... Aunt Hilly
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
Queen Mother
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Warner
- Part II (1896-1897) (1979) ... Mrs. Warner (as Olivia De Havilland)
- Part I (1882-1883) (1979) ... Mrs. Warner (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1978 The Swarm
Maureen Schuester
 1977 Airport '77
Emily Livingston
 1972 Pope Joan
Mother Superior
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie)
Laura Wynant (as Olivia DeHavilland)
 1970 The Adventurers
Deborah Hadley (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Deborah Rubin
- The Last Hunters (1968) ... Deborah Rubin
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Ellie Thompson
- Noon Wine (1966) ... Ellie Thompson
 1965 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Ms. Hadley
- Winner Lose All (1965) ... Ms. Hadley (uncredited)
 1964 Lady in a Cage
Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
 1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Lael Tucker Wertenbaker - scene from 'A Gift of Time'
- Episode #15.26 (1962) ... Lael Tucker Wertenbaker - scene from 'A Gift of Time'
 1962 Light in the Piazza
Meg Johnson
 1959 Libel
Lady Margaret Loddon
 1958 The Proud Rebel
Linnett Moore
 1956 The Ambassador's Daughter
Joan Fisk
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Kristina Hedvigson
 1955 That Lady
Ana de Mendoza
 1952 My Cousin Rachel
Rachel Ashley (as Olivia deHavilland)
 1949 The Heiress
Catherine Sloper
 1948 The Snake Pit
Virginia Stuart Cunningham
 1946 The Dark Mirror
Terry Collins / Ruth Collins
 1946 The Well Groomed Bride
Margie Dawson
 1946 Devotion
Charlotte Brontë (as Olivia DeHavilland)
 1946 To Each His Own
Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1943 Government Girl
Smokey Allard
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Princess Maria (as Olivia DeHavilland)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Olivia de Havilland
 1942 In This Our Life
Roy Timberlake
 1942 The Male Animal
Ellen Turner
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Elizabeth Bacon
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Emmy Brown
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde
Amy Lind
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
'Kit Carson' Holliday (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1940 My Love Came Back
Amelia Cornell
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Melanie Hamilton - Their Cousin
 1939 Raffles
Gwen
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Lady Penelope Gray
 1939 Dodge City
Abbie Irving
 1939 Wings of the Navy
Irene Dale
 1938 Hard to Get
Margaret 'Maggie' Richards (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1938 Four's a Crowd
Lorri Dillingwell
 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Maid Marian
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Serena Ferris
 1937 The Great Garrick
Germaine
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Marcia West
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Olivia de Havilland (uncredited)
 1937 Call It a Day
Catherine 'Cath' Hilton
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Angela Guisseppi
 1935 Captain Blood
Arabella Bishop
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
 1935 The Irish in Us
Lucille Jackson
 1935 Alibi Ike
Dolly Stevens
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Candida," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, with Katherine Squire in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 16 Interviews | 22 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Olivia De Havilland | Olivia DeHavilland | Olivia de Haviland | Olivia deHavilland

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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[on Michael Curtiz] He was a tyrant, he was abusive, he was cruel. Oh, he was just a villain but I guess he was pretty good. We didn't believe it then, but he clearly was. He knew what he was doing. He knew how to tell a story very clearly and he knew how to keep things going. See more »


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Emotionally (and sometimes physically) vulnerable characters See more »

Nickname:

Livvie

Star Sign:

Cancer

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