Sunday, July 26, 2020

Olivia de Havilland is NO MORE, Classic Hollywood star, dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland is NO MORE, 

Classic Hollywood star, dies at 104

  • She won two Oscars for Best Leading Actress for  The Intimate Life of Julia Norris  and  The Heiress.
  • She was a member of the cast of  “Gone with the Wind” , a film for which she was nominated by the Academy

By Prabir Rai Chaudhuri

British-American actress Olivia de Havilland,  one of the protagonists of the legendary  Gone with the Wind  (1939)  has died at 104 years of age from natural causes in Paris, France, where she resided more than 60 years ago, according to Its publicist Lisa Goldberg has confirmed .

De Havilland was born in 1916 and was the  winner of two Oscars for Best Leading Actress  for  The Intimate Life of Julia Norris  (1946) and  The Heiress  (1949). In addition,  her participation in the film  Gone With the Wind  in the role of Melanie Hamilton earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Born in Tokyo to British parents

The daughter of a British family residing in Japan for work reasons, Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo in 1916. The family returned shortly after to England but  after the marriage separation, De Havilland moved to the United States  with her mother and her sister, the also actress  Jean Fontaine , with whom she had a tortuous personal relationship.

After taking her first steps in the theater, director  Max Reinhardt discovered her in a performance  of  A Midsummer Night's Dream  and offered her a role in the cinematrographic version of  Shakespeare's play  she directed in 1935.

Impressed with his talent, the Warner Brothers studio offered him  a seven-year contract, as was the custom at the time .

Along with the actor  Errol Flynn, he  starred in a series of adventure films, such as  Captain Blood  (1935),  The Charge of the Light Brigade  (1936) and  Robin of the forests  (1938), which gave him great popularity.

Consecration with 'Gone with the Wind'

But his great leap came in 1939, with Gone With the Wind ,  in which he played the character of  Melanie , which earned him the first of his five Oscar nominations. "I was very attracted to Melanie, she was a complex personality, compared to the heroines that I had played over and over again," the actress would say years later.

Despite the popularity of  Gone With the Wind  and the prestige of the Oscar nomination,  de Havilland did not get the roles he aspired to,  leading to differences with Warner Brothers, who suspended it on several occasions.

In 1943, the interpreter stated that her seven-year contract had expired,  but the studio claimed that she still owed her six months, that the actress was suspended.

De Havilland brought the matter to court and won, which was  a setback for the dominance that the major studios at that time exercised  over the actors. However, the challenge cost him dearly since he did not star in any movies in three years.

Olivia de Havilland  would triumphantly return to the big screen in 1946,  playing the role of a single mother in  The Intimate Life of Julia Norris , which earned her her first Oscar. Three years later, her portrayal of a spinster in  The Heiress  would earn her her second statuette .

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