Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland

Born Jul 1, 1916

Olivia Mary de Havilland is a Japanese-born British American film and stage actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946 and 1949. She is the elder sister of actress Joan Fontaine. The sisters are among the last surviving leading ladies from Hollywood of the 1930s.… Read More

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1916 Birth Olivia de Havilland was born on July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to parents from the United Kingdom. … Read More
1917 1 Year Old …  Her younger sister, Joan de Havilland (later known as actress Joan Fontaine), was born on October 22, 1917.
1919 3 Years Old In February 1919, Lillian persuaded her husband to take the family back to England to a climate better suited for their ailing daughters. … Read More
Her parents' divorce was not finalized until February 1925.


1933 17 Years Old In 1933, she made her debut in amateur theatre in the lead role in Alice in Wonderland, a production of the Saratoga Community Players based on the work of Lewis Carroll. … Read More
1934 18 Years Old After graduating high school in 1934, de Havilland was offered the role of Puck in the Saratoga Community Theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. … Read More
1935 19 Years Old Olivia de Havilland made her screen debut in Max Reinhardt's film A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was released in October 1935, following the release of her second and third films, Alibi Ike with Joe E. Brown and The Irish in Us with James Cagney, respectively. … Read More


1939 - 1941 3 More Events
1942 26 Years Old …  In 1942, de Havilland received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Hold Back the Dawn.
1943 27 Years Old 1 More Event
After fulfilling her seven-year Warner Bros. contract with The Male Animal (1942), In This Our Life (1942), Government Girl (1944), and Devotion (1946), her last Warner Bros. film completed in 1943 and released in 1946, de Havilland was informed that six months had been added to her contract for times she had been on suspension. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old …  She campaigned for Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election in 1944 and traveled overseas to support the American troops. … Read More


1946 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In June, 1946, she was asked to deliver speeches for the committee that reflected the Communist Party line (the group was later identified as a communist front organization). … Read More
1952 36 Years Old Her resignation from the committee triggered a wave of resignations from other Hollywood figures, including her own star recruit to the reform camp, the future President Ronald Reagan, whose political trajectory after 1952 would be far more dramatic. … Read More
1955 39 Years Old On April 2, 1955, de Havilland married Pierre Galante, a journalist and editor of Paris Match. … Read More


1958 42 Years Old In 1958, she was secretly called before the House Un-American Activities Committee and recounted her experiences with the Independent Citizens' Committee. … Read More
1962 46 Years Old The couple separated in 1962, but did not divorce until 1979. … Read More
1964 48 Years Old …  She was the subject of This Is Your Life in April, 1964 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London.


1986 70 Years Old She continued acting on film until the late 1970s, afterward continuing her career on television until the late 1980s, highlighted by her Golden Globe win and Emmy Award nomination for her performance as the Dowager Empress Maria in the 1986 miniseries Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.
2006 90 Years Old …  In June 2006, she made appearances at tributes for her 90th birthday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. … Read More
…  In 2008, she was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush.
2009 93 Years Old In 2009, de Havilland narrated the documentary I Remember Better When I Paint, a film about the importance of art in the treatment of Alzheimer's. … Read More
2010 94 Years Old On September 9, 2010, de Havilland was appointed a chevalier (or knight) of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France, awarded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told the 94-year-old actress, "You honor France for having chosen us."
2011 95 Years Old In February 2011, de Havilland appeared at the César Awards in France. … Read More
2015 99 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As of 2015 aged 99, she is the oldest living actor who has won an Academy Award, and the last surviving actor of the major players from the film Gone With the Wind.
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