Olivia de Havilland Today
What a Cool Liar you are Melly
by: Dr. Victoria Amador
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Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri
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by Sue Ikerd
New Painting of "Olivia de Havilland as Melanie" by Joesph Yakovetic
In April, 2015, Joseph Yakovetic unveiled the painting titled "Olivia de Havilland as Melanie" during the Hubble Dinner at the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival. I had the rare opportunity to see this unique original painting.
The only authorized image of Olivia de Havilland in over 10 years. "Olivia de Havilland as Melanie" painted by artist Joseph Yakovetic.
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Olivia de Havilland: The Interview
in Garden and Gun Magazine
"They didn’t get the performances out of me. I gave the performances to them."
Click here to read The Interview: Olivia de Havilland, found in Gun and Garden Magazine in December/January 2015
Marking the 70th Anniversary of the de Havilland Decision - Olivia de Havilland's fight for Actors' Freedom
In the years that followed, after her Warner contract was over, she overcame her beauty. She gave very outstanding performances as an actress. To Each His Own, The Snake Pit, The Heiress, these were the most spectacular.
Olivia is also my friend. One day in the Green Room at Warners, after many of our co-stars were dead, she said, "Wouldn't you know we would still be here?" Olivia is still here, I am still here.
Olivia should be thanked by every actor today. She won the court battle that no contract should ever have to continue more than seven years. Years ago our contracts could have been indefinite. A sort of potential contract for life.
Olivia, this foreword is written with respect and deep affection.
Foreward to "The Films of Olivia de Havilland" (1983)
In light of the unprecedented events that took place in the week preceding Olivia's birthday, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind readers about the fight Olivia undertook 70 years ago.
From very early in her career, Olivia sought roles that conveyed complex stories and delved into important experiences of her characters. However, the roles she was often assigned under her contract at Warner Brothers, were not the type of roles she wanted for her career. When she declined a role, Warner Brothers would suspend her contract and add the time she was suspended on at the end, forcing Olivia into a situation where her contract could conceivably never end!
Olivia never shied away from a challenge and risked her own career by filing suit against Warner Brothers on August 23, 1943 after the studio extended her contract six times, "suspending" her for rejecting the roles it suggested. On December 8, 1944, Olivia de Havilland won her lawsuit against Warners Brothers when the California Court of Appeal of the second district unanimously ruled that seven years from the commencement of service meant seven calendar years. Since Olivia had started work under her contract at Warners on May 5, 1936, and seven calendar years had elapsed from that date, the contract was no longer enforceable. This freed Olivia, and other actors, from an unending cycle of suspensions and extensions of her contract at Warner Brothers and enabled her to seek different projects with other studios.
As a result of her efforts, California Labor Law 2855 became known as "the de Havilland Law." Olivia's lawsuit didn't just free her from an unending contract, legions of other actors at the time and in the decades to follow were able to take advantage of the precedent and it has been cited as recently as 2009 involving a dispute over a music contract between EMI Records and Jared Leto and Shannon Leto of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
In 2006, as part of her honor with the Academy of Achievement, Olivia was interviewed and her comments were archived online. Below are three videos as part of that interview where Olivia briefly discusses the lawsuit, the win, and the price she paid in her career after winning her lawsuit.
Weren't you taking a great risk, by taking Warner Brothers to court? You were risking that all the studios would blacklist you. How did you come to that decision?
Olivia de Havilland on approaching 100 years old
Just before the 2015 Oscars, we were treated to a 3-page interview with Olivia in the Oscar Edition of Entertainment Weekly Magazine. You can read that article here. In the article Olivia was asked how she felt about approaching her 100th birthday.
"Oh I can't wait for it. I'm certainly relishing the idea of living a century. Can you imagine that? What an achievement."
11/25/2015 Update: As of the original writing of this blog, Miss de Havilland was the oldest living recipient of an acting Academy Award. With the passing of film editor Elmo Williams who won an Oscar in 1953 for High Noon, Miss de Havilland has become the oldest living Oscar recipient. Mr. Williams passed away on November 25, 2015. He was 102 years old.
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