Star Spotlight: Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland

Born Olivia Mary de Havilland
Date of Birth: July 1, 1916



  • First role: Alibi Ike (1935)
  • Most recent role: The Woman He Loved (TV movie, 1988)
  • TMP favorites:
    It’s Love I’m After (1937)
    Gone with the Wind (1939)
    The Heiress (1949)

Best known for…

…playing vulnerable characters

…her feud with her sister, Joan Fontaine

…standing up against the studio when they suspended her for asking for better roles

…retiring to France after a very successful career spanning over five decades

Notable awards:

  • Won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and was nominated for three other Oscars (two more for Best Actress, one for Supporting Actress)
  • Nominated for three Golden Globe awards, winning two of them
  • Awarded a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960

More Olivia on TMP:
It’s Love I’m After (1937) review
Santa Fe Trail (1940) review
The Strawberry Blonde (1941) review
The Heiress (1949) review
Lady in a Cage (1964) review

3 thoughts on “Star Spotlight: Olivia de Havilland

  1. When I started reading your post, I saw she was born in 1916…then I saw, whoops, you forgot to put the date of her death. And then whoops again…she’s still very much alive! I had no idea! Almost 100 years old…one of the last big-name actors/actresses – if not THE last – who got their start as far back as the 1930s. Thanks, Lindsey…this just made my day!


    1. She is one of the last — Luise Rainer’s death at 104 was announced today. A number of child actors who got their start in early Hollywood are still around (like Dickie Moore, who is younger than Olivia but got his start in the late ’20s). I hope that she’s secretly immortal and will outlive us all!


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