Olivia de Havilland was the love interest of several legendary Hollywood classics.
She had surely captivated the attention of moviegoers when she was building her career in acting.
With 49 film roles and 53 years in business, she is known as an iconic yesteryear star.
Olivia won the Oscar Award twice for her move Gone with the Wind. In fact, she is the only surviving cast member of the Academy Award-winning movie.
The film recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. Although she had retired from the film business thirty years back, she still remains a favorite amongst fans of evergreen classics.
The actress was born on July 1, 1916, in Tokyo. For her role of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone with the Wind released in 1939, she received five Academy Awards nomination.
She made her debut in the movie industry in 1935 through A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hollywood first noticed her when she was performing in 1935 alongside Errol Flynn in Captain Blood, a pirate film.
She received her first Oscar nomination for her role in To Each His Own in 1947, and then one more time for The Heiress in 1950. To honor her contribution to the film industry, she was awarded Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
She revealed in the past that she did not identify with Melanie’s character after reading the novel written by Margaret Mitchell.
Interestingly, she is most famous for this role. But it was Sidney Howard’s version for the movie screenplay that changed things for her. She not only identified with the character but also began to admire her.
Now the 103-year-old actress holds the prestige of being the oldest person to be assigned a Dame Commander by Queen Elizabeth II. The title was given to her after she attended the Queen’s birthday before celebrating her 101st birthday in 2017.
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