- 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).
- 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
- 1949, Venice Film Festival — International Prize for Best Actress: Winner
- 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
- 1950, Golden Globe — 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
- 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- Pierre Galante — Ex-husband
- Walter Augustus de Havilland — Father
- Marcus Goodrich — Ex-husband
- George Fontaine — Stepfather
- Lillian Fontaine — Mother
- Gisele Galante — Daughter
- Benjamin Briggs Goodrich — Son
- Joan Fontaine — Sister
- Birth Name: Olivia Mary de Havilland
- Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
- Profession: Actor
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