Sunday evening, November 11, 2012, Olivia de Havilland was included in the 60 Minutes story, “David McCullough’s heroes of history.” The story followed US historian, David McCullough, through Paris as he relayed stories of 19th century Americans who traveled to Paris to broaden their horizons, increase their exposure to art, music, and architecture, and achieve a higher standard of education. While in Paris, in May, 2012, David was honored at the residence of the US Ambassador. Olivia was also present for that event. In the 60 minutes clip, they cut to David standing at a microphone in the Ambassador’s Residence gleefully announcing “I just kissed Olivia de Havilland!” Then, he ran over and received a hug and kiss from Olivia, again. There are just a few seconds of McCullough and De Havilland speaking about living in Paris. He asks her how she ended up in Paris and she says, without missing a beat, “A Frenchman” and then she laughs her joyous laugh and says again “A Frenchman.” (She is referring to her second husband, Pierre Galante, the former editor of Paris Match Magazine). Olivia sums up her relationship with Paris with the following quote:
“You feel that it belongs to you. That’s what’s so magical, that it’s yours!”
David salutes Olivia with the famous classic film quote: “We’ll always have Paris.”
Last week while taking a lunch break, I visited one of the many local antique stores of Northwest Arkansas. While I was looking for a new coffee table and something interesting to hang on my apartment walls. I stumbled upon this treasure, A 1952 program from Olivia’s performance in “Candida” in Tulsa, Oklahoma! I was ecstatic to find this unique treasure from Olivia’s stage career.
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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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