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 Born on July 1, 1916.
Born in Tokyo to English parents, deHavilland and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved to California in 1919. … Read More
1922 6 Years Old DeHavilland entered Saratoga Grammar School in 1922 and did well in her studies. … Read More
1925 9 Years Old In April 1925, after her divorce was finalized, Lilian married George Milan Fontaine, a department store manager for O.A.Hale & Co. in San Jose. … Read More


1933 17 Years Old In 1933, deHavilland made her debut in amateur theatre in Alice in Wonderland, a production of the Saratoga Community Players based on the novel by Lewis Carroll. … Read More
After graduating from high school in 1934, deHavilland was offered a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland to pursue her chosen career as an English teacher. … Read More
Olivia deHavilland made her screen debut in Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1935. … Read More


1936 - 1937 3 More Events
1938 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1938, deHavilland began dating business tycoon, aviator, and filmmaker Howard Hughes, who had just completed his record-setting flight around the world in 91 hours. … Read More
1939 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Warner relented, and deHavilland was signed to the project a few weeks before the start of principal photography on January26, 1939. … Read More
1940 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In early 1940, deHavilland refused to appear in several films assigned to her, initiating the first of her suspensions at the studio. … Read More
1941 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1941, she appeared in three commercially successful films, beginning with Raoul Walsh's romantic comedy The Strawberry Blonde with James Cagney. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, deHavilland appeared in Elliott Nugent's romantic comedy The Male Animal with Henry Fonda, about an idealistic professor fighting for academic freedom while trying to hold onto his job and his wife Ellen. … Read More
After fulfilling her seven-year Warner Bros. contract in 1943, deHavilland was informed that six months had been added to her contract for times she had been on suspension. … Read More


Her performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946her first Oscar. … Read More
1949 - 1952 3 More Events
1953 37 Years Old After romantic relationships with Howard Hughes, James Stewart, and John Huston, deHavilland married author Marcus Goodrich, with whom she had a son, Benjamin. Following her divorce from Goodrich in 1953, she moved to Paris and married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match, with whom she had a daughter, Gisèle. … Read More
1955 39 Years Old On April 2, 1955, deHavilland married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match. Her marriage to Galante prompted deHavilland to move to Paris. The couple separated in 1962, but continued to live in the same house for another six years to raise their children together. Galante moved across the street and the two remained close, even after the finalization of the divorce in 1979. … Read More


1956 40 Years Old Following her appearances in the romantic melodrama Not as a Stranger (1955) and The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)neither of which were successful at the box officedeHavilland gave birth to her second child, Gisèle Galante, on July18, 1956. De Havilland returned to the screen in 1958 in Michael Curtiz's Western drama The Proud Rebel, a film about a former Confederate soldier whose wife was killed in the war and whose son lost the ability to speak after witnessing the tragedy. … Read More
1961 45 Years Old Following her divorce from Goodrich, deHavilland resumed contact with her sister, coming to her apartment in New York and spending Christmas together there in 1961. … Read More
1962 46 Years Old …  The year 1962 also had the publication of deHavilland's first book, Every Frenchman Has One, a lighthearted account of her often amusing attempts to understand and adapt to French life, manners, and customs. … Read More
1964 48 Years Old In 1964, de Havilland appeared in her last two leading roles in feature filmsboth psychological thrillers. … Read More


1972 56 Years Old …  In 1972, she starred in her first television feature film, The Screaming Woman, about a wealthy woman recovering from a nervous breakdown.


1979 - 2004 6 More Events
2006 90 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2006, she made appearances at tributes commemorating her 90th birthday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. … Read More
2010 94 Years Old On September 9, 2010, deHavilland was appointed a Chevalier (knight) of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France, awarded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told the actress, "You honor France for having chosen us." … Read More
2012 96 Years Old As recently as 2012, she was still doing readings on major feast days, including Christmas and Easter. "It's a task I love," she once said. … Read More
2016 100 Years Old DeHavilland celebrated her 100th birthday on July 1, 2016. … Read More
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