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Olivia de Havilland
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Olivia Mary de Havilland

July 1, 1916 (1916-07-01) (age 103)
Residence Paris, France
Nationality British-American
Years active 1935 - 2009
Spouse(s) Marcus Goodrich (1946-1953)
Pierre Galante (1955-1979)
Relatives Joan Fontaine (sister, dead)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress
1946 To Each His Own
1949 The Heiress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1950 The Heiress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries
1987 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1948 The Snake Pit
1949 The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British-American actress. She is the only living star of Gone with the Wind, but there are also actors with smaller roles in said movie who are still alive.

De Havilland came to prominence as a screen couple with Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is Melanie Hamilton in the film classic Gone with the Wind (1939). De Havilland departed from ingénue roles in the 1940s and later won awards for her performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949), including two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She was also successful in work on stage and television. De Havilland has lived in Paris since the 1950s and received honours such as the National Medal of the Arts, the Légion d'honneur and the appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In addition to her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theatre, appearing three times on Broadway, in Romeo and Juliet (1951), Candida (1952), and A Gift of Time (1962). She also worked in television, appearing in the successful miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and television feature films such as Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. During her film career, de Havilland also won two Golden Globe Awards, two New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She is the sister of late actress Joan Fontaine, who also won the Academy Award. They did not get along ever since they were children.

De Havilland was born in Tokyo to British parents. She became an American citizen in 1941. She has lived in Paris since 1956.

Marriages and children

Olivia de Havilland with son Benjamin c. 1952
With her son Benjamin, c. 1952

On August 26, 1946, she married Marcus Goodrich, a Navy veteran, journalist, and author of the 1941 novel Delilah. The marriage ended in divorce in 1953. They had one child, Benjamin Goodrich, who was born on September 27, 1949. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 19, but was able to graduate from the University of Texas. He worked as a statistical analyst for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California, and as an international banking representative for the Texas Commerce Bank in Houston. He died on October 1, 1991, in Paris at the age of 42 of heart disease brought on by treatments for Hodgkin's disease, three weeks before the death of his father.

On April 2, 1955, de Havilland married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match. Her marriage to Galante prompted her relocation to Paris. The couple separated in 1962, but continued to live in the same house for another six years to raise their daughter together. Galante moved across the street and the two remained close, even after the finalization of the divorce in 1979. She looked after him during his final bout with lung cancer prior to his death in 1998. They had one child, Gisèle Galante, who was born on July 18, 1956. After studying law at the Université de Droit de Nanterre School of Law, she worked as a journalist in France and the United States. Since 1956, de Havilland has lived in the same three-story house near Bois de Boulogne park in the Rive Droite section of Paris.


  • Alibi Ike (1935)
  • The Irish in Us (1935)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935 film) (1935)
  • Captain Blood (1935)
  • A Dream Comes True (1935 - short subject)
  • Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • The Making of a Great Motion Picture (1936 - short subject)
  • Call It a Day (1937)
  • It's Love I'm After (1937)
  • The Great Garrick (1937)
  • Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • Four's a Crowd (1938)
  • Hard to Get (1938)
  • A Day at Santa Anita (1939 - short subject)
  • Wings of the Navy (1939)
  • Dodge City (1939)
  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Raffles (1940)
  • My Love Came Back (1940)
  • Santa Fe Trail (1940)
  • The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
  • Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
  • They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
  • The Male Animal (1942)
  • In This Our Life (1942)
  • Show Business at War (1943 - short subject)
  • Princess O'Rourke (1943)
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943 film) (1943)
  • Government Girl (1943)
  • To Each His Own (1946)
  • Devotion (1946)
  • The Well-Groomed Bride (1946)
  • The Dark Mirror (1946 film) (1946)
  • The Snake Pit (1948)
  • The Heiress (1949)
  • My Cousin Rachel (1952)
  • That Lady (1955)
  • Not as a Stranger (1955)
  • The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
  • The Proud Rebel (1958)
  • Libel (1959)
  • The Light in the Piazza (1962)
  • Lady in a Cage (1964)
  • Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
  • The Adventurers (1970)
  • Pope Joan (1972)
  • Airport '77 (1977)
  • The Swarm (1978)
  • The Fifth Musketeer (1979)

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