Olivia de Havilland Is One of 'Gone with the Wind's Last Surviving Stars — Get to Know the 104-Year-Old

Rebelander Basilan
Jul 06, 2020
07:40 P.M.
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"Gone With The Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland turned 104 years old on July 1, 2020. She is considered the last remaining star of Hollywood's golden age.


De Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, as reported by Hollywood Life. She grew up in California, where she started acting as a child.

In 1934, De Havilland graduated her secondary education. She then landed Puck's role in the Saratoga Theater production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Olivia de Havilland pictured in 1986. | Photo: Getty Images



She was later picked to star in the Warner Bros.' 1935 film adaptation of the play by Max Reinhardt. De Havilland received critical acclaim for her role.

After her Shakespearean debut, De Havilland first shot to fame as a screen couple of actor Errol Flynn. They appeared in several films, including "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," They Died With Their Boots On," and "Dodge City, Santa Fe Trail."

One of her most remarkable roles is Melanie Hamilton in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). For her spectacular performance in the film, De Havilland received a nomination for Best Actress In A Supporting Role.



De Havilland then starred in the 1941 drama film "Hold Back the Daw." The movie earned her a nomination for Best Actress.

In 1946, she starred in the movie "Each His Own" and finally won the Best Actress award. That same year, De Havilland also starred in the film "The Dark Mirror," as reported by EW.

Aside from her feud with Murphy, De Havilland has had her own feud with her sister, actress Joan.



After two years, she starred in the film "The Snake Pit." The movie earned her another Oscar nomination. In 1949, she would pick up her second Academy Award for her role in "The Heiress."

In 2018, De Havilland made lawful move against FX and Ryan Murphy, as reported by Daily Mail. According to her, Murphy never sought her consent to portray her or use her name in his TV series "Feud: Bette & Joan."

Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn on the set of "They Died with Their Boots On," circa 1940s. | Photo: Getty Images


The lawsuit, however, was later dismissed. Aside from her feud with Murphy, De Havilland has had her own feud with her sister, actress Joan.

De Havilland was married two times. From 1946 to 1953, she was married to Marcus Goodrich. They had one child, Benjamin Goodrich, who passed away at the age of 42.

De Havilland tied the knot with her second husband, Pierre Galante, in 1955. The two shared one child, daughter Gisèle Galante. In 1979, their relationship ended in divorce.

De Havilland's acting career spanned from 1935 to 1988. In 2017, she became the oldest person to be named a Dame.