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Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland

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.

As of December 15 2009, the 70th anniversary of the premiere of Gone with the Wind (1939), she is the only surviving major cast member. She has been the only survivor of the four principal leads since 1967. Other surviving supporting players who received screen credit include Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn, Alicia Rhett, Mary Anderson and Cammie King Conlon.

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

Attended as a surprise guest honoring the late Bette Davis, her long-time friend and co-star at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles on May 1, 2008. The event, "A Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis", was hosted by film historian Robert Osborne and its reception included Davis's son, Michael Merrill, Davis's long-time personal assistant Kathryn Sermak and friends Gena Rowlands & Joan Leslie.

Attended the funeral of Charlton Heston in April, 2008.



Aunt of Debbie Dozier.

Captain Blood is the first of eight films co-starring Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn.

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.

Daughter of film and stage actress Lillian Fontaine.

De Havilland's mother, Lilian Augusta Ruse (18861975), was an actress known professionally as Lillian Fontaine.

Ex-sister-in-law of Collier Young, Brian Aherne and William Dozier.

Has made Paris her home since the mid 1950s.

Her cousin Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882 - 1965) was a British aviation pioneer, aircraft designer and owner of The de Havilland Aircraft Company. Their wooden bomber Mosquito has been considered the most versatile warplane ever built. The ill-fated de Havilland Comet was the first commercial jet airliner in 1952.

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.

Her mother named her Olivia after William Shakespeare's romantic heroine in "Twelfth Night.".

Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6764 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1941, de Havilland became a naturalized citizen of the United States

In 1965, Olivia de Havilland became the first female president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

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

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.

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