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The Heiress (1949) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Robert Wyler and Lester Koenig.

The film was based on the novel Washington Square and also Serial, Cornhill Magazine & Harper's New Monthly Magazine; also Stage Play "The Heiress" written by Henry James published in 1880 (novel); 1880 (magazines); Sep 29, 1947 - Sep 18, 1948 (performed at Biltmore Theatre, NY).

The Heiress was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorRalph RichardsonNominated
Best ActressOlivia de HavillandWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Harry Horner, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Emile KuriWon
Best CinematographyLeo ToverNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Gile SteeleWon
Best DirectorWilliam WylerNominated
Best Music - ScoringAaron CoplandWon
Best PictureParamountNominated

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The Heiress

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 8, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing The Heiress (1949) starring Olivia de Havilland. This article is part of Beyond the Cover: Books to Film Blogathon hosted by Now Voyaging and Speakeasy. 19th century American author Henry James is the great exponent of literary ambiguity. His distinctive fictional works, w... Read full article

The Heiress (1949)

By Beatrice on May 14, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Heiress Directed by William Wyler Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz from their play and suggested by the novel Washington Square by Henry James 1949/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental #229 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die For some reason I waited until now before s... Read full article

31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress

By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 2, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress Ah, the wonderful Olivia de Havilland. ?The sweet and lovely ingenue who starred opposite Errol Flynn in eight fabulous adventure films… and of course, the actress who played the ever-so-sweet Melanie Hamilton (much to the chagrin of Scarlett) in Gone with th... Read full article

The Heiress (1949)

on Jan 25, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

**This is my contribution to the Miriam Hopkins blogathon?over at Silver Screenings. ?Check out the other amazing entries in the blogathon here!*** It’s interesting that this film has been recommended to me by Netflix for months and I always ignored it. ?This proves I’m an idiot as The H... Read full article

Classic Films in Focus: THE HEIRESS (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Nov 7, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for Best Actress for The Heiress (1949), William Wyler's dramatic adaptation of the Henry James novel, Washington Square. The awkward, naive protagonist de Havilland plays is a far cry from the unshakably sweet Melanie Wilkes, the role for which de Havilland ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Morris Townsend: Catherine! Catherine! Catherine!

Catherine Sloper: Don't be kind to me, father. It doesn't become you.

Catherine Sloper: Bolt the door, Maria!

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Olivia de Havilland wisely chose William Wyler as her director, considering that such a meticulous director would be able to coax a strong performance from her. As it turned out, Wyler became a staunch supporter of his leading actress, particularly in regard to the sneering attitude that Montgomery Clift displayed toward her (he didn't value her talents as an actress) and Ralph Richardson taking every opportunity to steal scenes from under her nose with his improvisations.
In his autobiography, Basil Rathbone lamented that he did not get the part of Dr Sloper in the film, following his performance in the play in New York, opposite Wendy Hiller. Had he been cast, and had Errol Flynn won the part of Morris Townsend as originally planned, this would have been a re-teaming of all three main stars from the film classics, "Captain Blood" (1935) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938.
In a letter to the New York Times, Aaron Copland denied having composed the music used for the opening credits. His composition for the credits was deemed too challenging for audiences and was replaced at the request of the producer.
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