Natalie Wood, Olivia de Havilland and Alla Nazimova – Happy Holiday Three-Book Giveaway (Happy Holidays)

“Natalie Wood: A Life”
“Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant” &
“Nazimova: A Biography”
Three Books for Two Lucky Winners!

CMH is happy to announce our next Classic Movie Book Giveaway as part of our partnership with University Press of Kentucky! This time, we’ll be celebrating the Holidays with a three-book giveaway about iconic actresses!

That said, we’ll be giving away THREE books to TWO lucky winners— Natalie Wood: A Life by Gavin Lambert, Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant by Victoria Amador, and Nazimova: A Biography by Gavin Lambert. And, yes, each winner will win all three books!

Natalie Wood, Olivia de Havilland and All Nazimova biographies


In order to qualify to win this Prize Package via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 1 at 6PM EST.

We will announce our two lucky winners on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub on Sunday, January 2, around 9PM EST. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details.

So, to recap, there will be TWO WINNERS, chosen by random, and each winner will win all THREE of these books:


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 6PM EST

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post.

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Natalie Wood: A Life,” “Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant” & “Alla Nazimova: A Biograpny” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub – Two lucky winners will win all three books  #EnterToWin here:

What are some of your favorite movies by these actresses? And, if you’re not familiar with their work, why do you want to win these books?

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About the Books:

Natalie Wood: A Life: America watched Natalie Wood grow up on the silver screen. You can still see her childhood in Miracle on 34th Street and her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story and countless other timeless movies. From the moment Natalie Wood made her cinematic debut in 1946 in Tomorrow Is Forever to her shocking, untimely death in 1981, the decades of her life are punctuated by movies that even today, reside in the hearts and imagination of the American people. Acclaimed novelist, biographer, critic, and screenwriter Gavin Lambert, whose twenty-year friendship with Natalie Wood began when she starred in the movie adaptation of his novel Inside Daisy Clover, recounts her extraordinary story. He relays to us details about her personal life, from her love affairs to her suicide attempt at twenty-six, the birth of her children to her friendships, her struggles as an actress to her tragic and mysterious death at the age of forty-three. For the first time, everyone who was close to Natalie Wood speaks freely―including her husbands, Robert Wagner and Richard Gregson, famously private people like Warren Beatty, intimate friends such as playwright Mart Crowley, directors Robert Mulligan and Paul Mazursky, and Leslie Caron, each of whom told the author stories about this remarkable woman who was so full of life but always on the brink of despair.

Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant: Legendary actress and two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland (1916–2020) is best known for her role as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939). She often inhabited characters who were delicate, elegant, and refined. At the same time, she was a survivor with a fierce desire to direct her own destiny on and off the screen. She won a lawsuit against Warner Bros. over a contract dispute that changed the studio contract system forever, and is also noted for her long feud with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine. Victoria Amador utilizes extensive interviews and forty years of personal correspondence with de Havilland to present an in-depth look at the life and career of this celebrated actress, from her theatrical ambitions at a young age to becoming one of the most well-known starlets in Tinseltown. Readers are given an inside look at her love affairs with iconic cinema figures such as James Stewart and John Huston, as well as her onscreen partnership with Errol Flynn. Amador also details how de Havilland became the first woman to serve as the president of the Cannes Film Festival in 1965, and showcases how, even in her later years, she remained active but selective in film and television until 1988. A new chapter covers de Havilland’s death at the age of 104 in July 2020.Olivia de HavillandLady Triumphant is a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest legends―a lady who evolved from a gentle heroine to a strong-willed, respected, and admired artist.

Nazimova: A Biography: A forgotten legend, Alla Nazimova (1879–1945) was an electrifying Russian-born actress who brought Stanislavsky and Chekhov to American theater, who was applauded, praised, adored―an icon of the stage and screen for forty years, before fading into the shadows of time. Gavin Lambert unearthed Nazimova’s unpublished memoirs, letters, and notes, writing an evocative account of her extraordinary life. Nazimova began her career on the stage. Her shockingly natural approach to acting transformed the theater of her day―she thrilled Laurette Taylor, and the first time Tennessee Williams saw her he knew he wanted to be a playwright (“She was so shatteringly powerful that I couldn’t stay in my seat”). She later ventured into film, signing a contract with Metro Pictures before it was MGM and becoming the highest-paid actress in silent pictures, ultimately writing, directing, and producing her own movies and forming her own film company. She was the only actress, other than Mae West, to become a movie star at forty, and was the first to cultivate the image of the foreign sophisticate.

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Please note that only United States (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) and Canada entrants are eligible.

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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28 Responses to Natalie Wood, Olivia de Havilland and Alla Nazimova – Happy Holiday Three-Book Giveaway (Happy Holidays)

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    I love all 3 actresses for all they survived. My favorite Natalie Wood film would probably be MIRACLE ON 34TH ST or REBEL WITH A CAUSE. My favorite Olivia DeHavilland is either GWTW or HOLD BACK THE DAWN. For Nazimova, she gives a great if small performance in SINCE YOU WENT AWAY and fascinating one in THE RED LANTERN.

  2. Carl says:

    I loved Natalie Wood in West Side story and Rebel Without a Cause. My favorite Olivia De Havilland film is Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. I’m not familiar with the films of Nazimova but I’d love to know more of her story. Thanks for the chance to win these great books.

  3. John Shawe Williams says:

    I love all 3 actresses. Obviously Olivia DeHavilland will always be iconic in Gone With The Wind. Natalie Wood is most remembered by me in The Searchers. Without saying a word, she is mesmerizing. As for Alla Nazimova, I remember her best in Blood and Sand with Tyrone Power. 3 great actresses. I can only imagine how great these books are!

  4. RD says:

    Wow! This is the most incredible giveaway! These are some of my beloved actresses of all time. Here is a list of a few of my favorites from each one. Natalie Wood: Miracle on 34th Street; West Side Story; Gypsy; and Inside Daisy Clover. Olivia De Havilland: The Heiress; The Snake Pit; Gone With the Wind; and Light in the Piazza. Nazimova: Salome; Camille; Blood and Sand; and Escape.

  5. Laura A. says:

    I love almost all of the Olivia de Havilland movies I’ve seen, but I of course especially love Robin Hood. I also love Princess O’Rourke and They Died with Their Boots on. My favorite Natalie movie is Miracle on 34th Street and S*x and the Single Girl. I haven’t heard of the third lady. @Solidmoonlight on Twitter.

  6. Catherine Compton says:

    Natalie Wood was great as a child in Miracle on 34th Street and The Ghost and Mrs Muir. She was one of the few actresses to then follow up as a teenager and adult with a successful career. She was terrific in Rebel Without a Cause. Olivia de Havilland is one of my favorite actresses of all time, especially in all of her movies with Errol Flynn–in particular the Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)–probably the best movie of all time. Nazimova is less well known to me, but she was certainly memorable in The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Blood and Sand.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  7. Kaykitties says:

    Miracle on 34th Street & Tomorrow Is Forever—young Natalie is amazing. She is also amazing in A Cry In The Night.
    Olivia is one of my favorite actresses. In This Our Lffe, The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Libel
    I am the least familiar with Nazimova & would like to learn more about her. I’ve enjoyed her Camille & her performance in Escape

  8. Maureen M. says:

    Absolutely love both Natalie Wood and Olivia de Haviland. No matter the size of their role, they both fully embodied the character. I am thinking of Natalie in The Searchers and Olivia in Gone With The Wind.

    So while I will watch any movie either actress is in – a particular favorite came to mind for each.

    Natalie owned and carried Inside Daisy Clover. Such an odd name for such a powerful film and performance. When Daisy breaks down in the booth while trying to synchronize her voice to the scenes, I felt it and understood her, even though I never experienced anything comparable.

    Olivia’s is The Heiress. The whole film should be a study in the type of quiet acting that draws the viewing audience in closer to the actor. Olivia’s eyes reflect her character’s soul throughout the movie, right up until she ascends the stairs, leaving her old suitor banging on the locked door.

  9. Melissa Wyatt says:

    Favorite Natalie Wood film is The Great Race. She understands the assignment perfectly.

    Favorite Olivia de Havilland is in fact my favorite film of all time, The Heiress. Incredible performance. Bolt the door, Maria!

    For Alla Nazimova, I know her best from her later work in films like Blood and Sand and In Our Time. But Salome is fascinating as a work of art.

  10. Steve D says:

    My favorite Natalie Wood film is “Inside Daisy Clover,” an underrated look at Hollywood in the 30’s. In fact I think it was written by Gavin Lambert!

    Favorite Olivia de Havilland films are In This Our Life and To Each His Own.

  11. Steve D says:

    P.S. I had to shorten the tweet since it’s 15 characters too long to post.

  12. Rob Costello says:

    I love Natalie Wood. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE is probably my favorite of her films, but I also really love WEST SIDE STORY, BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE, THE GREAT RACE, and BRAINSTORM. I also love Olivia de Havilland. Favorite films of hers include THE HEIRESS, THE SNAKE PIT, HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE, and LADY IN A CAGE. I have not seen any of Nazimova’s films, but would like to!

  13. Joel "Woody" Woodrum says:

    I love Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th St. as the young lady displayed great acting chops right off the bat with this movie, a holiday favorite of mine. I also loved her in Rebel Without A Cause, West Side Story, The Great Race, Gypsy, and Insider Daisy Clover. It is a shame we lost her much too young. Olivia de Havilland had no such problem, and in her 100+ years I loved her in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone With The Wind, They Died With Their Boots On, Santa Fe Trail, Captain Blood, Dodge City and the other movies she teamed with Errol Flynn. The only film of Alla Nazimova’s I recall is her turn as Tyrone Power’s mother in Blood and Sand, so winning the book might open up a whole new world of film to my.

  14. Arlene Herring says:

    Natalie Wood: West Side Story, and going way back, Miracle on 42nd Street. I believed Maria would die for the man she loved. Olivia de Haviland: The Snake Pit and The Adventures of Robin Hood are two of my favorites. I had to find the book The Snake Pit after watching the truly frightening movie. In Robin Hood, she is younger, lovely, so kind. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a perfect Hermia. Brilliant too in GWTW, The Inheritance. Nazimova: I wish I’d seen more of her work, but have seen Escape. Nazimova plays Robert Taylor’s mother who is in a Nazi concentration camp. He gets Norma Shearer to help her escape. Conrad Veidt, who often played Nazis, is yet another reason to watch this exciting film.

  15. Melanie Garrison says:

    What a lovely selection of books! I would be ecstatic to win for so many reasons: OdH is one of my favourite classic actresses, and of course she always has a special place as Melanie, although I am not named for her. Her poise, her grace and her beauty and her talent are always there to see whatever role she had. Some of my favourites include Hold Back the Dawn, Strawberry Blond and Adventures of Robin Hood. Natalie Wood is also a terrific actress, I love her in Gypsy, I love her in Miracle on 34th Street, not to mention Rebel without a Cause and The Searchers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nazimova on film, but in 1973 when I got a Christmas present of a “coffee table” book called The Imagemakers, full of classic Hollywood portraits, there were a few of gorgeous shots of Nazimova – whom I’d never heard of, but my grandfather said her name right out loud, “natZIMova” and he said he’d seen her in person on stage “back in the day”. I would truly love to learn more about her.

  16. Destiny Drake says:

    My favorite film with Natalie wood is: rebel without a cause because she does such a great job as a teenage girl who is not very liked by one of her parents, one of my favorite films of Olivia de Haviland’s is princess o’rourke because she is so funny and kind in the film, I’m not familiar with the work of Nazimova.

  17. Billy Slobin says:

    Boy oh boy! This is the best contest EVER!!!

    I just love all 3 of these excellent actresses!

    My favorite Natalie Wood film is Inside Daisy Clover…followed closely by Miracle on 34th St and The Ghost & Mrs. Muir

    My favorite Olivia DeHavilland film is The Male Animal (one of my favorite films ever!) followed by the Light in The Piazza

    My favorite Nazimova is Since you went away-I need to see more of her work.

    Happy New Year and thank you for your excellent work on this blog-

  18. Serena says:

    Salome and Camille with Alla Nazimova are two of my absolute favorite movies. She’s completely fascinating on and off screen. My favorite Olivia de Havilland are her collaborations with Errol Flynn, we watched them all the time when I was a kid. And for Natalie Wood, of course West Side Story. I try to see it every time they do another release, it’s incredible on the big screen

  19. So many great films from all three actresses. Natalie Wood: “Splendor in the Grass;” Olivia de Havilland: “The Snake Pit,” “The Heiress,” and “Hold Back the Dawn,” I could go on! Nazimova, not as familiar with her silent film work, but she is wonderful in “Since You Went Away.” Also Nazimova was Val Lewton’s aunt!

  20. Vickie Gleason says:

    I really love Natalie Wood and my favorites of hers are Splendor in the Grass and Sex and the Single Girl. I also love Miracle on 34th Street.
    For Olivia I’d say In This Our Life or Gone With the Wind are two of my favorites.
    I’m not as familiar with Alla Nazimova but would love to learn more about her and her work.
    This is a fabulous Holiday Giveaway!

  21. Kayla Ewing says:

    Olivia de Havilland- I love her collaborations with Errol Flynn, with “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” probably being my favorite. Outside of Flynn, she was fabulous in “In This Our Life,” “Hold Back the Dawn,” and of course, “The Heiress.” She was also fabulous in “The Snake Pit.”

    Natalie Wood. I love Natalie Wood. My favorite is probably “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Penelope.” She was also great in “A Cry in the Night,” and “Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice.” And of course, she was heartbreaking in “Splendor in the Grass.”

    Alla Nazimova. I’ve honestly never heard of her. Looking over her filmography, I can’t say that I’ve seen any of her films, so I can’t answer the question as to what my favorite would be. I am interested in her however, knowing that someone has written a book about her. I will keep an eye out for her on TCM.

  22. Sara Stewart says:

    My all-time favourite Natalie Wood movie was Miracle on 34th Street with Gypsy a close second.
    Olivia deHavilland would be the Dark Mirror and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, with Bette Davis.

    I’ve only seen Salome with Alla Nazimova and would love to learn more about her.

  23. Terry Monteith says:

    I like Natalie in Gypsy and Daisy Clover.
    Gone With the Wind and In This Our Life and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte are favorites of Miss deHavilland.
    Madame Nazimova is the best! Her Camille is tops

  24. Honey Bee says:

    My favorite movie with -Nazimova is ‘Blood and Sand’ w Tyrone Power! She plays the mother, T Power is a famous Bullfighter!
    My favorite movie with Natalie Wood is ‘Sex and the Single Girl!’ This movie is based on Helen Gurly Brown the editor of ‘Cosmopolitan magazine!
    My favorite movie by Olivia De Havilland is ‘Gone With the Wind!’ She plays Melanie Wilkes’ Scarlet O’Hara’s sister-in-law! These movies are all based on romantic love affairs!

  25. Doug B says:

    What a fantastic collection of actresses and great contest!

    While not necessarily always their most popular or well known performances, some of my favorites for these ladies include:

    1) Olivia de Havilland: Opposite Bette Davis in “In This Our Life,” and “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, plus “The Snake Pit,” “Libel,” and “Light in the Piazza.”

    2) Natalie Wood: Classics like “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” along with “The Star,” “Penelope,” and Lambert’s own “Inside Daisy Clover.”

    3) Alla Nazimova: While having not experienced her work yet, I do know her as a legendary silent screen star. I would love to see her as “Salome,” Nora in “A Doll’s House,” in “Camille,” and “Blood and Sand.” In addition, I would be curious to read how a Russian-born lesbian navigated a career in early Hollywood.

  26. Rich Vasquez says:

    Gone withe The Wind for Olivia and Bonnie and Clyde for Natalie. I am going to watch Alla today on @criterioncollection.

  27. Albert Poy Ventura says:

    I loved Natalie Wood since I saw her in “The Great Race”, one of my favourite films. She was amazing in West Side Story as well.
    Olivia de Havilland is one of my favourite actresses ever. The first time I saw her was as Melanie in “Gone With the Wind” as well as in some movies co-starring with Errol Flynn, but my favourite is “Dark Mirror”.
    I still haven’t watch anything from Nazimova, but I’m looking forward to do it and read about her since I think it’s a very interesting actress.

  28. Christina Sharpe says:

    These women were in so many great films.
    My favourite Natalie Wood movies are: Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause, and Love With a Proper Stranger.
    My favourite Olivia de Havilland movies are: The Heiress, Gone With the Wind, and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.
    I haven’t watched many Nazimova films, but I loved her in Blood and Sand.

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