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Remembering The Great Olivia de Havilland

July 27, 2020

Eventually we are all in a sense, “gone with the wind,” now that is so for the great Olivia de Havilland, who died at the age of 104 yesterday in her adopted city of Paris, France.

Alas with what she left us–“Melanie” in “Gone With The Wind” and so many other great performances, that “wind” of performance/memory whisks her back. 

Additionally, Ms. de Havilland fought for actor’s rights and they all owe her so much. Hopefully she gets the appreciation, the similar fighter, Curt Flood does not get from the pampered, spoiled, vastly over paid baseball players of today.

Let me channel “Melanie’s” good nature brought to us so beautifully by Olivia de Havilland in “GWTW” and cite her two Academy Award winning performances.

The first was for “Each To His Own” in 1946 and the second for her unforgettable performance in “The Heiress” with greats Ralph Richardson and Montgomery Clift (talk about acting chops!).

She was incredible in the 1948 film, “The Snakepit,” one of the first to delve into the world of mental illness.

I will include my three previous posts (in chronological order) that (more than) mentioned her name. She was incredible and lived long, her great work which also included stage and television, longer–something for which to be extremely grateful.

Watching “Gone With the Wind” on TCM

The Great Actress Olivia de Havilland is 99 Years Old/Young

Watching “The Big Valley” Notes


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Olivia de Havilland pictured above. Imagine if you will, the acting greats that will greet her there, including her sister, Joan Fontaine, now the two on a different plane.

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