|Olivia de Havilland Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3½ in|
|Date of Birth||July 1, 1916|
|Date of Death||July 26, 2020|
Olivia de Havilland was a British-American actor and stage artist who was one of the leading actors of her time. She was the oldest living and earliest surviving Academy Award winner at the time of her death and was widely considered as being the last surviving major star from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. On February 8, 1960, Olivia received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the motion picture industry.
Olivia Mary de Havilland
She was born on July 1, 1916.
At the age of 104, she died of natural causes in her sleep at her home in Paris, France on July 26, 2020.
Tokyo, Empire of Japan
She resided in a 3-storey house near the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France.
Olivia de Havilland started taking ballet lessons at the age of 4 and piano lessons a year later. She was also taught by her mother who made her recite passages from Shakespeare to strengthen Olivia’s diction.
Olivia got enrolled at Saratoga Grammar School in Saratoga, California in 1922 and enjoyed reading, writing poetry, and drawing. She once represented her grammar school in a county spelling bee and secured the 2nd position.
Olivia also attended Los Gatos High School in California and Notre Dame Convent in Belmont. She graduated high school in 1934 and was offered a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland.
Actor, Stage Artist
- Father – Walter Augustus de Havilland (Patent Attorney, Professor of Law at Waseda University)
- Mother – Lilian Fontaine (Actor)
- Siblings – Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (Younger Sister) (Actor)
- Others – Reverend Charles Richard de Havilland (Paternal Grandfather), Margaret Letitia Molesworth (Paternal Grandmother), Alfred Joseph Bunning Ruse (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Jane Hockin (Maternal Grandmother), Hereward de Havilland (Cousin) (Aviation Pioneer, Test Pilot, Member of the de Havilland Company), Geoffrey de Havilland (Cousin) (Aviation Pioneer, Aerospace Engineer), Deborah Leslie (Niece), George Milan Fontaine (Stepfather) (Department Store Manager)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth was $50 Million at the time of her death.
5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Olivia de Havilland had dated –
- John F. Kennedy
- Franchot Tone
- James Stewart
- Spencer Tracy
- Clifford Odets
- Charles K. Feldman
- Burgess Meredith
- Brian Aherne
- John Garfield
- Frederick Stover (1935)
- Errol Flynn (1937)
- George Brent (1938)
- Clark Gable (1938)
- Howard Hughes (1938-1939)
- John Huston (1940-1943)
- James Blakeley (1943)
- Marcus Goodrich (1946-1953) – She got married to Marcus Goodrich, a U.S. Navy veteran, journalist, and author of the novel Delilah (1941), on August 26, 1946. The couple was blessed with a son named Benjamin Goodrich on September 27, 1949. Olivia and Marcus divorced in 1953.
- Pierre Galante (1955-1962) – On April 2, 1955, she married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the magazine Paris Match. She gave birth to their daughter Giselle Galante on July 18, 1956, and the couple separated in 1962. They divorced in 1979 but remained close and she looked after him during his final bout with lung cancer prior to his death in 1998.
Race / Ethnicity
Olivia was of Guernsey Channel Islander, English, and Anglo-Irish descent.
Gray (during her older years)
- Usually played emotionally (and sometimes physically) vulnerable characters
- Was often cast as a plain, everyday woman despite her great beauty
She was raised in the Episcopal Church and remained an Episcopalian throughout her life.
Olivia de Havilland Favorite Things
- Director To Work With – Mitchell Leisen
Source – IMDb
Olivia de Havilland Facts
- Growing up, she wanted to become a teacher and it changed only when Austrian director Max Reinhardt and executive producer Henry Blanke persuaded her to sign a 5-year contract with Warner Bros. on November 12, 1934, with a starting salary of $200 a week.
- She shared a close bond with actor Bette Davis.
- Olivia and her sister Joan Fontaine became the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
- Olivia was a staunch liberal Democrat.
- She became the first female president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965.
Featured Image by Warner Bros. / Pixabay / Public Domain