Scott Feinberg and Olivia de Havilland at Ms. De Havilland's home in Paris, France
May 26, 2013
Today is that special day, Olivia de Havilland's birthday! Born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan to British parents, today marks Ms. De Havilland's 97th birthday! We wish her a beautiful day in her beloved Paris surrounded by friends, flowers, champagne, and celebration!
Without further ado, we present the 2013 Olivia de Havilland birthday blog!
Travels With Oscar
Article Written By: David Hutchings
Published in: InStyle, 10760830, Apr 2002, Vol. 9, Issue 4
“When I was nominated for To Each His Own, I wore a pale blue organza dress from I. Magnin that had a marvelous hand-painted garland. Before going to the ceremony I went to a dinner at [screenwriter] Charlie Brackett’s. And as he was ladling this glorious madeira sauce onto my baked ham, he sprinkled me liberally with sauce. Every napkin at the table was used to try to rub it out. Luckily most fell on the garland so you really couldn’t see it. But I accepted my first Oscar wearing Madeira sauce undetected by even the sharpest eyes. Winning my second Oscar was an immense moment. Very few people had won twice in those days. It’s sobering—you feel a huge responsibility with the second one.” LIFE WITH OSCAR: “They are both in a bookcase that Christian Dior’s architect built for me. I first visited France in 1957, when I attended the Cannes Film Festival. As I got off the plane and breathed the Paris air, it smelled of champagne and I knew I would stay. I had both Oscars flown here, but when the one for The Heiress arrived, it was broken off at the base. I guess when French customs saw the word ‘heiress’ they thought I was smuggling uncut diamonds into the country. It amused me so much I’ve never had it fixed.”
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.”
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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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