Olivia de Havilland Dies at 104 — See How Stars and Fans Are Mourning Her Death
Actress Olivia de Havilland passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Paris aged 104. Her life has been honored by many celebrities and fans who’ve taken to social media to share their condolences.
De Havilland’s death has come as a surprise to all her fans and fellow celebrities. Actors like Antonio Banderas have taken to social media to honor the late star.
On Twitter, Banderas wrote: “#OliviadeHavilland, a great icon of cinematography, has passed away. RIP.” The actor also shared two black-and-white photos of the late star on “Gone with the Wind” when she was much younger.
MIA FARROW’S MESSAGE
Mia Farrow also mourned de Havilland’s death noting how she’d hoped the late actress would live much longer. Farrow described the late star as someone who knew “how to live & was loved by all.”
#oliviadehavilland , star of a bygone Hollywood age has died aged 104. She had a storied career ,winning best actress @TheAcademy awards for To Each His Own & The Heiress. To many though , she’ll be remembered as kind-hearted Melanie in Gone With the Wind.#RIP pic.twitter.com/W20CPhiIMR— Baz Bamigboye 💙 (@BazBam) July 26, 2020
LONI LOVE HONORS OLIVIA
Loni Love included a quote by de Havilland about how hard it was to play a good girl in the 1930s when acting as a bad girl was the norm. Love noted how she felt “playing bad girls” was “a bore.”
Among Hollywood’s golden-era stars who were still with us, Olivia de Havilland shined above all. Beyond the glamour of her work there also was grit: In 1943 she fought Warner Bros. and won, preventing studios from tying actors to endless contracts; the law is named for her. pic.twitter.com/Nnfx9JthUO— Laurie Brookins (@StyleWriterNYC) July 26, 2020
ACTING AS A GOOD GIRL
She also shared how she’d played “good girl roles because they require more from an actress.” Love concluded her post by wishing the late actress a peaceful rest.
Vale Olivia de Haviland. What a lot of fascinating life she led! pic.twitter.com/G0DAfHqJiE— Ms D 🌈 (@msdwrites) July 26, 2020
JARED LETO SPEAKS ABOUT OLIVIA
Jared Leto mourned de Havilland’s passing with a Twitter thread. Alongside three images of the late star, Leto noted the “powerful impact” the actress had in his life.
I am gutted, acting legend and Hollywood starlet, Olivia de Haviland has died today. She outlived everyone on the cast and crew of Gone With the Wind at 104 years old! We shall miss you, RIP! pic.twitter.com/YKrfFLNGR0— 🎄🔔“Silver Belles” Cliffe🔔🎄 (@BellePCliffe) July 26, 2020
SPENDING TIME WITH DE HAVILLAND
He explained how he’d had the “pleasure to spend some time with her in Paris.” In his first message, he showed gratitude to her for “her bravery” and “how her choices” had positively affected him and his brother.
Olivia de Haviland worked closely with costume designer Walter Plunkett during the filming of GWTW. She wanted her costumes and hairstyles to be authentic to the 1860s & insisted that Melanie, her character, should have handmade and knitted all her clothing during the Civil War pic.twitter.com/D4HDV2MwpM— Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones لويد لولين جونز (@LloydLlewJ) July 26, 2020
FAN’S FAVORITE OLIVIA FILMS
Fans also honored de Havilland on Twitter. One fan recalled seeing several films by the actress including the favorites “The Snake Pit” and “The Heiress.”
Goodbye to Olivia de Havilland. pic.twitter.com/jDx7nzDiSN— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) July 26, 2020
OLIVIA’S GREATEST ROLE
In the latter movie, the star appeared Catherine Sloper in 1949. The role was reported as “one of her greatest characters,” according to “The Los Angeles Times.”
She’s gone. Olivia de Havilland has gone. Showing, to the very end, the grit with which she took on the Hollywood studio system and won. I had one of the most perfect days of my life in her company. Sitting on that chaise, eating macaroons and gossiping about Errol Flynn. pic.twitter.com/W4btrdROpQ— Matthew Sweet (@DrMatthewSweet) July 26, 2020
“GONE WITH THE WIND”
The social media fan noted how he was first introduced to the star as Melanie Hamilton. He also shared how “Gone with the Wind” was one of his favorite movies and called de Havilland a “legend.”
“GUTTED” BY OLIVIA’S DEATH
Another fan confessed how she was “gutted” by the late star’s death. She noted how the actress had managed to outlive the whole cast and crew of “Gone with the Wind” and ended her message revealing how she’d miss the star.
The legendary Olivia De Havilland passed away yesterday. She was 104. Olivia made a powerful impact in my life and I had the pleasure to spend some time with her in Paris. I thanked her for her bravery and shared how her choices affected me and my brother (1/6) pic.twitter.com/R9RXsrWHS9— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) July 26, 2020
HER LONGSTANDING CAREER
De Havilland's career spanned for more than 5 decades. She starred in almost 50 feature films and earned one of her five Oscar nominations for “Gone with the Wind.”
“Playing good girls in the ’30s was difficult when the fad was to play bad girls,” she once said. “Actually, I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.” RIP #OliviaDeHavilland pic.twitter.com/G0OfiL78qU— Loni Love (@LoniLove) July 26, 2020
OLIVIA’S ROLE IN THE INDUSTRY
Since 1960, the actress had lived in Paris. In 1943, she sued Warner Brothers for their unfair labor practices for their “studio system” and this allowed actors to have better contracts.
Beyond all reason i hoped that the great Olivia de Havilland, aged 104 would be with us for much longer. She knew how to live & was loved by all especially by her niece, my childhood friend Deborah. In films she was unfailingy wonderful & an unforgettable ‘Melanie’ in GWTW— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 26, 2020
DIED FROM NATURAL CAUSES
When she passed away, the late star was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar Award. According to her publicist, de Havilland died at home from natural causes.
HER HIGH-PROFILE ROMANCES
In 2016, de Havilland opened up to “People” magazine about her romances with some high-profile stars. She spoke candidly about her “deep feelings” for Errol Flynn, her relationship with John Huston, and the ones she had with Howard Hughes and former lover Jimmy Stewart.