A Conversation with Olivia de Havilland
I recently found this interview with Olivia de Havilland done by PRX in 2010, after Olivia was awarded The National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008. This is one of the best interviews I have ever heard of Olivia. The topics cover everything from her early years to "Gone With the Wind" to her lawsuit against Warner Brothers to her two academy award winning performances in "To Each his Own" and "The Heiress." We are lucky to have this interview done and archived by PRX!
I have spent many hours contemplating a conversation with Ms. De Havilland. I don't know if it will ever happen. However, this interview comes really close to it. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful conversation with Olivia de Havilland!
Well, I should start off saying welcome to my new blog space. I am experimenting with Word Press because everyone is here and it’s much more Google Search friendly than the blog space on my Olivia de Havilland website, although I will post at both places, for sake of continuity. Also, if you have arrived here hoping you have found Ms. De Havilland online, I must tell you that although I’ve heard rumors and a few stories of Ms. De Havilland’s presence online, I am not Olivia de Havilland and this blog has not been approved, endorsed, or even acknowledged by Ms. De Havilland or anyone representing her. I am just a fan who likes to share my love and appreciation of Olivia de Havilland!
So, Friday I had the exciting opportunity to go through an old building and go peeking around in an old movie theater in an undisclosed location, in an undisclosed city. It was one of those wonderful things that happened by accident. I wish I could have gone through all the “junk” I saw because there were probably some fun classic treasures. But, alas, I only had about 10 minutes to look around and be in the place I really wasn’t suppose to be in. Supposedly, the owner is fixing up the theater, but little work has been done on it in the last 2 years and it seems to be frozen in a state of future repair. It is one of my dreams to rescue a historical theater and bring it back to life as a community arts venue and classic film venue. Perhaps, one day, the right opportunity will come my way.
Friday night, I was still basking in the afterglow of being in that old theater. So, I made it home, put David O. Selznick’s version of “A Star is Born” into the DVD player, and began doing some searches for some new articles or photos of Olivia de Havilland that I had not discovered, before. That is when I came upon the following article: “From the Stars and Stripes archives Olivia de Havilland recalls wartime shows, enjoys making similar type tours now.” It is a fabulous article on Olivia discussing much of her life during after WWII. It also gave me information about this fabulous photo I have featured on my website:
At her home in Paris in 1958, actress Olivia de Havilland models a jacket given to her when she was made an honorary member of the 11th Airborne Division.
RED GRANDY/STARS AND STRIPES
I found the above photo several years ago and knew that it probably had something to do with Olivia’s service by visiting American Troops during WWII, but I didn’t know anything more than that. So, it’s great to find an article with the photo and a reference to the jacket! I wonder if she still has it?
The article is a great read and goes on to talk about her children and her new life in Paris. It was written just before the national release of “The Proud Rebel.” Olivia talks about attending a premiere of the film in Atlanta, “I’m not sure whether they’re going to like me in Atlanta this time,” she said before leaving Paris. “Last time I was the shining example of Southern womanhood. This time it’s also a Civil War film, but I’m on the other side.”
I’d say you would always be welcome in Atlanta, Ms. De Havilland!
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Olivia de Havilland has reached her centenary! July 1, 2016 marks her 100th birthday! Olivia stands as the oldest living recipient of an Academy Award and is a member of a class of only four other women currently living to receive at least two best actress Academy Awards! Her career, life, and legacy continue to inspire and engage generations of fans around the world!
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