Olivia de Havilland

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Olivia de Havilland
  • Birth Name: Olivia Mary de Havilland
  • Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/01/1916, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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Olivia de Havilland Fast Facts:
  • Born in Tokyo to British subjects; moved to California at the age of three.
  • Won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland, CA, but never attended due to her budding acting career.
  • Discovered by famed theatrical producer Max Reinhardt while appearing in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • While under contract to Warner Bros., she starred in nine movies with Errol Flynn.
  • Tired of being suspended by Warner Bros. for refusing roles in bad movies, she sued the studio in the 1940s and won a landmark ruling regarding actors' contracts; it's still known in law books as "the de Havilland decision."
  • Was involved in a bitter, well-publicized feud with her sister Joan Fontaine that reportedly began when they were children and escalated after they were both nominated for an Oscar in 1941 (Fontaine won).
  • Olivia de Havilland Relationships:
  • Pierre Galante - Ex-husband
  • Lillian Fontaine - Mother
  • Gisele Galante - Daughter
  • Benjamin Briggs Goodrich - Son
  • Walter Augustus de Havilland - Father
  • Marcus Goodrich - Ex-husband
  • George Fontaine - Stepfather
  • Joan Fontaine - Sister
  • Olivia de Havilland Awards:
  • 1987 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 1953 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1950 Golden Globe: Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1949 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1946 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1948 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee

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