1. Olivia Mary de Havilland is a British-American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles. Born in Tokyo to English parents, de Havilland and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved to California in 1919.
2. At the age of 99, de Havilland is the oldest living actor who has won an Academy Award.
3. She is the last surviving major actor from Gone with the Wind and is among the last living actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
4. De Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in To Each His Own ; de Havilland and sister Fontaine are the only siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards.
5. She also received the National Board of Review Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for her performance in The Snake Pit .
6. In 1960, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in films.
7. In 2008, she was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush.
8. Her paternal grandfather, the Reverend Charles Richard de Havilland, was from a family from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands.
9. Although she left the acting profession, Lillian taught her daughters to appreciate the arts, reading Shakespeare to her children. In April 1925, after her divorce was finalized, Lillian remarried, this time to a department store owner named George M. Fontaine, whose strict parenting soon generated animosity in his new stepdaughters.
10. De Havilland was educated at Saratoga Grammar School, the Notre Dame Convent in Belmont, and Los Gatos High School. She would later remember:
11. After receiving positive reviews, she went on to play Hermia through the entire engagement, as well as the four-week tour that followed. During the tour, Reinhardt received word that he would direct the Warner Bros. film version of his stage production, and he offered de Havilland the film role of Hermia.
12. Wanting to become an English teacher, she was going to matriculate at Mills College with a scholarship in the fall but Reinhardt persuaded her to accept.
13. Soon after, the 18-year-old actress signed a seven-year contract with Warner Bros.
14. The casting of de Havilland was due to producer Hal B. Wallis wanting to showcase his “protege”.
15. Throughout the late 1930s, de Havilland appeared in a variety of light romantic comedy films, including Call It a Day .