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Olivia`s cousin was Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882-1965), the British aviation pioneer and designer of aircraft such as the wartime Mosquito fighter. (imdb.com)

Older sister of actress Joan Fontaine. (imdb.com)

Daughter of film and stage actress Lillian Fontaine. (imdb.com)

After her divorce from second husband Pierre Galante in 1979 they remained close friends, and after Galante became ill with cancer she nursed him until his death in 1998. (imdb.com)

Has made Paris her home since the mid 1950s. (imdb.com)

At the age of 82, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Hertfordshire, England. (imdb.com)

Lost her son Benjamin to Hodgkin`s disease in 1991, shortly before Benjamin`s father, writer Marcus Goodrich, passed away. (imdb.com)

In 1965, she became the first female president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. (imdb.com)

Is descended from the Haverlands of Normandy, one of whom (the Lord of Haverland) accompanied William the Conquerer in his invasion of England in 1066. (imdb.com)

Her father, Walter Augustus de Havilland (1872-1968), was a patent attorney in Japan and also author of the 1910 book `The ABC of go`, which provides a detailed and comprehensive description of the Japanese board game. (imdb.com)

She made a special appearance at the The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) and received a well-deserved standing ovation. (imdb.com)

She holds the record for the most people thanked in an Oscar acceptance speech (27) when she accepted the award for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946). (imdb.com)

In 1991, her son, Benjamin Briggs Goodrich, a statistical analyst, died of complications from Hodgkin`s disease at his mother`s home in Paris, France. (imdb.com)

She and Joan Fontaine are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year. (imdb.com)

Is the 15th cousin twice removed of Errol Flynn, her co-star in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). (imdb.com)

Confessed in later years that she had an intense crush on Errol Flynn during the years of their filming, saying that it was hard to resist his charms. (imdb.com)

Her mother named her Olivia after William Shakespeare`s romantic heroine in "Twelfth Night.". (imdb.com)

She has a street named after her in Mexico City. Renowned Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernández lived in Coyoacan Town on a street with no name at all, so he asked the authorities to name this street "Dulce Olivia," Spanish for "Sweet Olivia," after her. (imdb.com)

Was romantically involved with James Stewart, Howard Hughes, John Huston and Errol Flynn in the late 1930s. (imdb.com)

Attended the funeral of Charlton Heston in April, 2008. (imdb.com)

She and Errol Flynn acted together in 9 movies: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Dodge City (1939), Four's a Crowd (1938), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941) (imdb.com)

Is portrayed by Lee Purcell in My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) (TV). (imdb.com)

In April 1946 she set off a power struggle within the Hollywood Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences and Professions (HICCASP) by refusing to deliver two speeches in Seattle as written by her fellow executive council member Dalton Trumbo, later one of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. She felt Trumbo's text was too left-wing and worried that the organization was becoming "automatically pro-Russian". (imdb.com)

It was reported in October 2001 that Miss de Havilland was among 40 prominent French residents who were victims of hoax anthrax attacks. (The attacks were proven to be hoaxes after a woman was arrested in Paris for sending out envelopes containing a powdery substance.) (imdb.com)

The role of Lisolette Mueller in the The Towering Inferno (1974) was originally offered to her. It was eventually played by Jennifer Jones. (imdb.com)

Relations between de Havilland and younger sister Joan Fontaine were never all that strong and worsened in 1941, when both were nominated for 'Best Actress' Oscar awards. Their mutual dislike and jealousy escalated into an all-out feud after Fontaine won for Suspicion (1941). Despite the fact that de Havilland went on to win two Academy Awards of her own, they remained permanently estranged. (imdb.com)

Justly famous for her court victory against Warner Brothers in the mid 1940s (many others had sued Warners but failed), which stopped Warners from adding suspension periods to actors' contracts and therefore meant more freedom for actors in Hollywood. It became known as the "de Havilland decision". (imdb.com)

Was somewhat overweight when she first came to Paramount, yet Edith Head was able to design costumes with a slimming effect. (imdb.com)

Turned down the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), allegedly stating that "A lady just doesn't say or do those things on the screen". (imdb.com)

Aunt of Debbie Dozier. (imdb.com)

In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by either Dhia Cristiani or Lidia Simoneschi. For the Italian releases of two of her most celebrated and fondly remembered roles, Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), she was dubbed, respectively, by Renata Marini and Dina Perbellini. This was the only time that either Italian actresses lent her voice to Olivia. (imdb.com)

Is mentioned in Helge Schneider's book "Die Memoiren des Rodriguez Faszanatas". (imdb.com)

Ex-sister-in-law of Collier Young, Brian Aherne and William Dozier. (imdb.com)

Was a close friend of Ronald Reagan during their time in Hollywood. Both were active anti-communist members of the Hollywood Democratic Committee. (imdb.com)

Ms. de Havilland lives a peaceful retirement at her home on Rue Benouville, in Paris. She spends time teaching Sunday School to children at a local church. (imdb.com)

Only surviving star (who received star billing) of Gone with the Wind (1939). Other surviving minor stars are Ann Rutherford, Fred Crane, Mickey Kuhn, 'Alicia Rhett', Mary Anderson and Evelyn Keyes. (imdb.com)

She had two children (one from each of her marriages): Benjamin (1949-1991), who became a mathematician, and Gisele (b. 1956), who followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a journalist. (imdb.com)

Showed flair as a writer when "Every Fenchman Has One," a lighthearted autobiographical account of her attempts at adapting to French life, was published in 1962. (imdb.com)

When she was 9 years old, she made a will in which she stated, "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan [Joan Fontaine], since she has none". (imdb.com)

In the 1950s, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ, named one of their female javalinas "Olivia de Javalina" in her honor; incidentally, their male was named "Gregory Peckory" to honor actor Gregory Peck. (imdb.com)


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