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Olivia De Havilland Fans

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Favorite Olivia de Havilland film?

Started by FilmFanatic. Last reply by FilmFanatic Mar 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Admiration for Ms. de Havilland, Etc...

Started by Rafaella. Last reply by Gordon L. Parrott Feb 28, 2012. 6 Replies

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Comment by Rafaella on September 2, 2009 at 8:09pm

I found this picture of Olivia, in what it says was her debut role- "Alice in Wonderland'- 1933...
Just wanted to share it.
Comment by J. D. on August 17, 2009 at 5:41pm
I do too! I can't wait for it to come out
Comment by Steph on August 17, 2009 at 4:51pm
I absolutely ADORE Olivia de Havilland. I want her autobiography already!
Comment by J. D. on August 16, 2009 at 9:37pm
"I was appalled that I had won over my sister," admitted Fontaine, after her win for Best Actress for 1941's Suspicion. Fan magazines and newspapers capitalized on the feuding sisters, and all eyes were on both of them when they were nominated against each other that year for Best Actress.

While there was definitely no love lost between the two, both readily admit that the supposed feud was more fodder for the tabloids than anything else. Whatever the case, Fontaine's win over her older sister, put her one up, and the fans were looking to see how Olivia would bounce back from this 'embarrassing upset'
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine share a few similarities, particularly in the looks department. Their doe-like eyes and a seemingly meek disposition connect the two, but the resemblance ends there. In actual fact, the two sisters couldn't be more different.

Olivia was the feisty, older sister, unwilling to take anyone's guff. She made history by taking on her studio, Warner Brothers, when she refused to accept the roles that Jack Warner was thrusting upon her. After one too many refusals, he suspended her for six months and extended her contract for seven more years. De Havilland fought back, this time in court, and much to her surprise, she won. The judge handed down what would go on record as The de Havilland Decision, which gave actors a say in the roles that they played. The decision would be the first step toward the destruction of the studio system, that would change Hollywood forever.

Joan, meanwhile, was unwittingly becoming a victim of the very thing that Olivia was rallying against. After her win for Best Actress, Joan's name meant more money for the studios, but she didn't see a penny of it. Instead, she played the game and did as she was told, accepting roles as they were offered. The studio also insisted that she behave like the star that she was, which meant buying expensive property, and living beyond her means
The film roles that the women chose seemed to fit their real life traits. Melanie in Gone With the Wind, seemed sweet and virginal, and was typical role for Olivia to play. While Melanie takes a lot of guff from Scarlett, she is no wimp, and she holds her own when she has to. In romance, Olivia's characters are sought after, and she accepts her men for their failings, but she doesn't sacrifice herself in the process.

Sister Joan, meanwhile, took on roles of meek and mousy women, who were often tormented by the love interest. It was rumored that Alfred Hitchcock treated Joan like hell, in an effort to bring out the terrified character he was looking for. Whether she is courting Laurence Olivier in Rebecca, or Cary Grant in Suspicion, the men have a dark mystery about them that sister Olivia might be tempted to simply pass on. Joan accepts these men, and considers herself to be the inferior one, even in the end when the truth about the men erupts into a violent climax.

Olivia de Havilland found herself nominated for another Oscar in 1946, for her role in the weepy, To Each His Own. In it, she plays a woman who is reunited with the child that she gave up, after having him out of wedlock. This time around, she hired the same man that had helped the 1945 Best Actress winner, Joan Crawford, to glory, Henry Rogers. Three times proved to be the charm for Olivia, as she came up the winner in a very competitive year.

As was the tradition at the time, former winner, Joan Crawford was scheduled to present the Best Actress Oscar to the 1946 winner, but she backed out at the last minute, feigning stage fright, just as she did when she won for Mildred Pierce. The Academy found a last minute replacement in the form of that other Joan - Joan Fontaine.

When Joan called her sister's name, Olivia stepped up to the podium. Joan extended her hand to congratulate her sister, and in a move that was captured by the press, Olivia snubbed her. Henry Rogers said later, "The girls haven't spoken to each other for four months. This goes back for years and years, ever since they were children. They just don't have a great deal in common."
With the score evened out, one would think that the two sisters would find some way of resolving their conflicts, but the gossip magazines wouldn't have it, and the two sisters seemed determined to blame the other, for whatever the problem was.
The 1940's were good to Olivia de Havilland, at least as far as quality work went. After her win for Best Actress in 1946, Olivia found herself on a roll, hitting pay dirt again a couple of years later with a message movie about life in a sanitarium. While dated by today's standards (it promotes the use of electric shock therapy as a cure-all), the film was an excellent opportunity for Olivia to chew up the scenery.

The film earned Olivia her fourth Best Actress nomination. Her competition included Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Stanwyk and Irene Dunne. They were all beat, however, by Jane Wyman, for her portrayal of a deaf mute, in Johnny Belinda. Critics point out the sentimental factor in Wyman's win. Not to say that she wasn't deserving (she was very good), but she was undergoing several tragedies at the time, including a recent miscarriage, and a divorce from her husband, Ronald Regan.

Olivia, on the other hand, saw things differently, finding fault in her sister, Joan, who aggressively campaigned, but failed to get a nomination, for a film that she co-produced, Letter from an Unknown Woman.

1949 proved to be a better year for Olivia, as she was nominated for, and won, her second Oscar for The Heiress. It would be her last Oscar, and her last nomination.

Throughout the 50's and 60's, the feud between Olivia and Joan would become legendary, as gossip columns and biographies continued to write about it. The Oscar's would rekindle memories of the feud in 1965, when for the second time, two sisters would be nominated in the Best Actress category. Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave would not win that year, and there was no public feud to fuel the race between the two.

For the 1987 awards - and to mark the sixtieth anniversary, both Joan and Olivia were invited to attend. Olivia was even asked to present the award for Best Editing.

A major faux pas was committed when the two found themselves booked in adjacent rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel. Joan immediately had her room switched.

Limo gridlock marred that years ceremony, with cars backed up for blocks trying to get to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Some stars, including Olivia, were spotted getting out of their limos, blocks away from the Shrine, and walking. Fontaine, who was also forced to walk, said, "This is the last Oscar show for me! From now on they can muck it up for themselves."
Comment by J. D. on August 16, 2009 at 9:28pm
I read an article about her and her sister not liking each other a few days ago...I'll try to find again
Comment by J. D. on August 16, 2009 at 8:10pm
Thanks!, I've wanting someone to add a group for her for a while, and I thought about it, but was afraid no one would join!
Comment by Rafaella on August 16, 2009 at 8:03pm
I'm so glad you did this!

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