British-American actress Olivia Mary de Havilland was born on 1st July 1916, in Tokyo, Empire of Japan, to English parents. Her parents separated when the girls were young. Later, Olivia moved to the United States with her mother and sister. She received ballet and piano lessons as a young girl.
A centenarian, she was among the last surviving actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema. She received her debut in amateur theatre, portraying a character in Alice in Wonderland in 1933. Olivia de Havilland made her movie debut in the film modification of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1935.
While the film was not victorious, she got noticed for her elegance and acting skills. She first achieved significance with her accomplishment as ‘Melanie’, a supporting character in the film Gone with the Wind. In the 1941 comedy-drama, The Strawberry Blonde, she acted as an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, a role that was much admired by the film critics.
She portrayed a variety of film roles during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the notable roles she portrayed were in films like To Each His Own, The Well-Groomed Bride, The Snake Pit, The Heiress, My Cousin Rachel, Not as a Stranger, The Ambassador’s Daughter, and The Proud Rebel.
She then went on to define herself as a leading lady in the years to follow. She got two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two New York Film Critics Circle Awards among other prestigious awards.
In the year 2010, she nearly earned her big-screen comeback after a hiatus of 22 years when James Ivory planned a film adaptation of The Aspern Papers. Unfortunately, the project never arose. Olivia de Havilland died of natural causes in her sleep 26th July 2020, at the age of 104, at her home in Paris, France.