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).

Awards

  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1949, 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
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1950, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Lillian Fontaine — Mother
  • Gisele Galante — Daughter
  • Walter Augustus de Havilland — Father
  • Marcus Goodrich — Ex-husband
  • Benjamin Briggs Goodrich — Son
  • Pierre Galante — Ex-husband
  • Joan Fontaine — Sister
  • George Fontaine — Stepfather

Details

  • Birth Name: Olivia Mary de Havilland
  • Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
  • Birthday: July 1, 1916, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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