Olivia de Havilland, the aromatic queen of the Hollywood costume drama, has died on the age of 104.
In response to the Hollywood Reporter, her publicist mentioned she had died from pure causes in Paris, the place she lived.
Whereas De Havilland received two greatest actress Oscars – for her roles in 1946’s To Every His Personal and 1949’s The Heiress – she stays greatest remembered for her efficiency as stoical Melanie Hamilton Wilkes within the 1939 basic Gone With the Wind.
Born in Tokyo and raised in California, the older sister to fellow actor Joan Fontaine, De Havilland made her display debut in Max Reinhardt’s lavish 1935 adaptation of A Midsummer Night time’s Dream. She went on to shoot eight collaborations with Errol Flynn, together with turns in Captain Blood, They Died With Their Boots On and The Adventures of Robin Hood.
De Havilland’s specialty was the demure, soulful magnificence. “Playing bad girls is a bore,” she as soon as claimed. “I have always had more luck with good-girl roles, because they require more from an actress.” However the actor’s delicate exterior hid a core of metal. Within the 1940s she efficiently sued Warner Bros in a landmark ruling that helped break the stranglehold of the US studio system. “I was told I would never work again, if I won or if I lost,” she later recalled. “[But] when I won they were impressed, and didn’t bear a grudge.”
De Havilland did certainly proceed to work, most notably rustling an acclaimed portrait of psychological sickness within the 1948 drama The Snake Pit. However the display credit dwindled following her transfer to Paris within the mid-1950s. She appeared in Woman in a Cage, Robert Aldrich’s Hush … Hush, Candy Charlotte and the 1970s TV miniseries Roots: The Subsequent Technology. Away from the cameras, she most popular educating Sunday faculty at her native church.
She was awarded the Nationwide Medal of Arts in 2008 and briefly emerged from retirement to relate the 2009 Alzheimer’s documentary I Keep in mind Higher After I Paint. In 2018 she launched a authorized motion towards the TV present Feud: Bette and Joan (in regards to the rivalry between fellow stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford), however the go well with was thrown out of courtroom.
In later life, she insisted, appearing had largely misplaced its attract. “Life is too full of events of great importance,” she instructed one interviewer. “That is more absorbing and enriching than a fantasy life. I don’t need a fantasy life as once I did. That is the life of the imagination and I had a great need for it. Films were the perfect means of satisfying that need.”