Sunday, July 26, 2020

Regis, Discovering Olivia de Havilland (doc)

Entertainment Tonight; Colour, 7/24/20; Sheldon S. and Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
(ET) The person on American TV for the most time (Guinness), fun Regis Philbin, dies at age 88.

Discovering Olivia de Havilland (documentary)
Did you kill these two stars? - No. They're rich.
On July 25, 2020 Hollywood superstar Olivia de Havilland passed away at the age of 104.

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (born July 1, 1916) was a British-American actress and centenarian. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leading actors of her time.

She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema. Her younger sister was actress Joan Fontaine.

(North) Hollywood is tough(er).
De Havilland first came to prominence as part of a screen-couple alongside Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). One of her best-known roles is Melanie Hamilton in the film classic Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she received her first of five Oscar nominations and the only one for best supporting actress.

De Havilland departed from ingénue roles in the 1940s and later received acclaim for her performances in Hold Back the Dawn (1941), To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949), receiving nominations for best actress for each, winning for To Each His Own and The Heiress. She was also successful in work on stage and TV.

De Havilland lived in Paris since the 1950s and received honors such as the National Medal of the Arts, the Légion d'honneur, and the appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In addition to her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theatre, appearing three times on Broadway, in Romeo and Juliet (1951), Candida (1952), and A Gift of Time (1962). She also worked in TV, appearing in the successful miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979) and Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress in a TV movie or series.

During her film career de Havilland also collected two New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award for best actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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