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Sunday, 1 July 2012

July 2012 Star of the Month - Olivia de Havilland


Today Olivia de Havilland celebrates her 96th birthday. Yes, she is one of very few Hollywood stars from the 1930s still alive. For this reason, I thought I would pay special tribute to Olivia de Havilland by blogging her films throughout July.

Olivia de Havilland was born on 1 July 1916, in Tokyo, Japan to British parents, and is the older sister of actress Joan Fontaine. When Olivia was two years old, her mother immigrated to America, settling in Satatoga, California. After appearing as Hermia in a stage production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Hollywood Bowl, she was offered the role in a movie version Warner Bros. was making. This became her screen debut.

Olivia has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her roles in 'To Each His Own' (1946) and the 'The Heiress' (1949). Her most memorable role is of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in 'Gone With the Wind' (1939). She is also known for starrring alongside Errol Flynn in eight films including 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (1938) and 'Captain Blood' (1936).

Throughout July, I'll attempt to watch and blog as many of the following films as I can:

Early Films (1935-1939)

The 1940s

Olivia de Havilland & Errol Flynn

Late career

Short films


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