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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)

AwardRecipientResult
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 (1949, William Wyler)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

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


Catherine Sloper: He's grown greedier over the years. Before he only wanted my money; now he wants my love as well. Well, he came to the wrong house - and he came twice. I shall see that he does not come a third time.


Morris Townsend: Catherine! Catherine! Catherine!


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Ralph Richardson reprised the role of Dr. Sloper from the stage version, having played it in London's West End opposite Peggy Ashcroft.
To help Olivia de Havilland achieve the physically and emotionally weary and worn effect that he wanted, director William Wyler packed books into the suitcases that the actress lugged up the staircase in the scene where her character realizes that she has been jilted by her lover.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 11, 1950 with Olivia de Havilland reprising her film role.
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