Actress Olivia de Haviland Turns 104 Years Old
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Hollywood actress Olivia de Haviland turned 104 years old on July 1, 2020.
De Haviland is the last surviving member of the iconic movie GONE WITH THE WIND, and also appeared in movies like PRINCESS O’ROURKE and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD as Maid Marion.
De Haviland is a mother of two and isn’t afraid of coming against Hollywood movie studio politics, even in her old age.
In recent years, Movieguide® reported that de Haviland sued FX over how the network portrayed her in the series FEUD, which followed her longstanding friction with actress Joan Crawford.
De Haviland is no stranger to pursuing justice.
Newsweek reported, “Her lawsuit against Warner Brothers—sparked by the studio’s attempts to keep her under contract for an additional six months after it expired—resulted in California discontinuing a labor code that allowed studios to enforce a contract against an employee for longer than seven years.”
De Haviland also has many prestigious accolades to her name in addition to her acting credits.
“In 2008, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush for her years of ‘persuasive and compelling skill as an actress’ and her fight for creative freedom for herself and fellow actors,” Newsweek reported.
Variety reported, “In June 2017, she became the oldest woman ever to receive the British title of dame, an honor bestowed on her by Queen Elizabeth II.”
Variety added, “The actress has lived in Paris for 50 years. She still makes rare public appearances when she chooses, such as her trip to Los Angeles for a 2006 celebration of her 90th birthday thrown by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and occasional interviews centered on her 100th birthday.”
De Haviland was also the first female President of Jurors at the Cannes Film Festival.
Take a look at one of de Haviland’s scenes in a clip below by TCM and share your favorite movie of hers in the comment section.
Happy Birthday Olivia!
Smokey (Olivia de Havilland) shows off her bureaucratic chops, dealing with her crusading new boss Browne (Sonny Tufts), in Dudley Nichols’ wartime comedy GOVERNMENT GIRL (’44). pic.twitter.com/HuNQudSgdr
— TCM (@tcm) July 1, 2020
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