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Title
Olivia de Havilland
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Mullen, Mike
Date Created and/or Issued
1977
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
Olivia de Havilland was born to English parents on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan. Her parents separated and her mother Lillian took Olivia and her sister Joan, born in 1917, to California to live. In 1925, after her divorce, Lillian remarried George M. Fontaine whose last name Joan would later take. The sisters developed a rivalry early on that would last the rest of their lives. De Havilland made her film debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in October 1935. After two more disappointing films, she was paired with Errol Flynn in "Captain Blood." The film was well received and the two became a popular box office draw. De Havilland starred in many other movies in her seven years with Warner Brothers, gaining two Academy Award nominations, including one for "Gone with the Wind" in 1939. In 1943, Warner Brothers sought to extend her seven-year contract for six months because of prior suspensions. De Havilland took the studio to court and won, resulting in California's "seven-year rule," also known as Labor Code Section 2855. Still known today as the De Havilland Law, it prevented studios from extending their employees' contracts beyond seven calendar years. This was a blow to the studios and led to a blacklisting of de Havilland for two years. Moving on to other studios, de Havilland received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in "To Each His Own" in 1946, and "The Heiress" in 1949, and she was praised for her roles in several other films. De Havilland was married twice, to Marcus Goodrich and Pierre Galante, and had two children, Benjamin Goodrich and Gisele Galante. Her son died in 1991. De Havilland has lived in Paris since 1960.
Photograph caption dated March 29, 1977 reads "Almost forty years after starring in one of Hollywood's greatest films, 'Gone With the Wind,' Miss Olivia de Havilland still maintains her beauty at presentations." De Havilland is at the 49th Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with an unidentified man. They are formally dressed.
Type
image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00110784
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box de Havilland, Olivia
CARL0005373961
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32322
Subject
De Havilland, Olivia
Music Center of Los Angeles County
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Academy Awards (Motion pictures)
Motion pictures--Awards
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Centers for the performing arts--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Bunker Hill (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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