A Tribute To Hollywood Legend Olivia De Havilland As She Celebrates Her 104th Birthday
There aren't many people who don't know the classic movie Gone with the Wind. For those who do remember this timeless story, they are sure to also remember the absolute beauty who played in the movie, Olivia de Havilland.
Olivia de Havilland is a two-time Oscar winner. She is also the last surviving cast member of Gone with the Wind at an amazing 104-years-old. As the Dame celebrates the milestone birthday, we're taking a look back at her amazing life, her impressive decade-spanning career, and the role that made her a Hollywood legend.
Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo on July 1, 1917, to parents Walter de Havilland, an English professor and Lilian Fontaine, an academy-award-winning English actress. As a teenager, De Havilland would act in amateur theater before making her film debut in 1935, when she starred in the drama, A Midsummer Night's Dream, according to Forbes. The film saw De Havilland play the role of the sweet, charming love interest we all got to know her for in later projects.
In 1938, the actress shot to Hollywood stardom with her role as Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood. The film was released to critical acclaim and even bagged an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Of course, De Havilland is best known for the iconic 1939 film, Gone with the Wind. This classic Hollywood hit is still a treasure and a staple for many who loved the movie in their younger days.
The movie is about the lives of southern Americans who lived during the 1861’s Civil War, in which De Havilland played the role of Melanie Wilkes, the cousin of Scarlett O’Hara, the lead role of the film. All in all, she has been seen in over 50 movies during her career. She has also won the prestigious Oscar for two movies, The Snake Pit in 1948 and The Heiress in 1949. For both, she was given the Best Actress award.David Livingston/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
De Havilland enjoyed years of success in Hollywood in her younger days as a gorgeous starlet. She was a successful actress for many years before retiring around three decades ago. That isn’t all that she is famous for, however. The actress was appointed as a Dame Commander during the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and was given this title right before her 101st birthday. She remains the oldest individual ever to be appointed the honor, as reported by People.
As she approached her 100th birthday, the Dame spoke to Vanity Fair about what she attributes her long life to:
“The three *L’*s—love, laughter, and light," she revealed.
De Havilland must be very proud of all she has accomplished in her very long life. At the age of 104, she is still as beautiful and glamorous as ever.Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage/Getty Images
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