Olivia de Havilland is NO MORE,
Classic Hollywood star, dies at 104
won two Oscars for Best Leading Actress for
The Intimate Life of Julia Norris
and The Heiress.
was a member of the cast of “Gone with
the Wind” , a film for which she was nominated by the Academy
WEB DESK BREAKING NEWS:
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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