The Golden Age of Hollywood

I have so much repect for Ms. de Havilland. She's lived her life in such a dignified, graceful way.
She'll always be 'Melanie' to me- but she really had a wide range of acting ability. She didn't stay in a safe-zone, only playing 'Melanie' type roles- which could have happened after the success of GWTW.
Some of my favorite films/roles of hers are very Un-Melanie-Like!...

'The Dark Mirror'
'Lady In A Cage'
'My Cousin Rachel'
'Light In The Piazza'

If you haven't seen any of those, do yourself a favor and rent them!
We're so lucky today to have all these movies so readily available to us...
What a wonderful thing it is, to be able to watch any movie we want, whenever we want to!
Growing up, the only time I got to see them was on TV- and, only then if they came on the late show, or if they were on the afternoon movie when I was home from school with the flu...
I have many fond memories of watching them with my grandmother. She'd stay with me when I was sick, and we'd watch them together. She'd lived next door to Walter Pigeon in Los Angeles, and told me how they used to talk over the fence and exchange tips on growing roses and gardening. She'd explain things, and help me understand what was going on in the world when a particular film was made. I absolutely loved it- and must confess, I was sick more often than I probably should have been!
I think we owe it to children today, to expose them to older films- and all of the talented actors and actresses of that time...including Ms. de Havilland.
She is one of the last, in a long line of talented history- that will never come again.
It was, certainly- A Golden Age.

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In my letter to her..I asked what her personal favorites were. and she mentioned the Dark Mirror and cousin Rachel
Wow you wrote Olivia and she replied? That's great!
The only one of the four that I have been able to see is Light in the Piazza
I have The Dark Mirror on DVD from eBay; the quality is atrocious but I'll watch it soon.
Yea, I wrote her back in the first of June and I got a reply about a week ago! I may try to take some pictures of it and put it up here

My favourite De Havilland movie is 'The Heiress. The transformation of charactor from start to end was beautifully done. I have,nt seen Lady, Cousin or Light, but i must look for them.


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