The films that marked Olivia de Havilland’s career

Olivia de Havilland, the longest-lived of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, made her screen debut in Max Reinhardt’s lavish adaptation of the Summer night Dream , in 1935. She had planned to be a teacher, but this movie changed her destiny. His performance of Hermia earned good reviews but he was not so lucky on his next two projects.

Mickey Rooney is Puck and Olivia de Havilland is Hermia in the 1935 adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Luck changed when it rolled Captain Blood with Errol Flynn. They both found fame there. In six years they would make up to seven more films together, including They died with their boots on O The adventures of Robin Hood , which catapulted them as one of the greatest romantic couples in film history.

Capitán Blood Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flunn

In ‘Captain Blood’ Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn discovered that they had a chemistry for the public. It was the first of eight movies together


But the first Oscar nomination would come with gone With the Wind , one of the most successful films in the history of celluloid, in which he proved that he could be more than just the beautiful partner of the hero of the film. Here was Melanie, the sweet and compassionate counterpoint to the whimsical and spoiled Scarlett (Vivien Leigh)

From left to right, Hattie MacDaniel, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh in a scene from the film.

From left to right, Hattie MacDaniel, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh in a scene from the film.

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The second nomination was received by If it didn’t dawn (1941), followed by Nest of vipers (1948). And his first Oscar came to him with The intimate life of Julia Norris , a role that shook the public, because she was a woman who only lived to follow the life of the illegitimate child she had borne from afar. The heiress (1949) also earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.


In ‘The Intimate Life of Julia Norris’


In the fifties he appeared playing other charismatic characters as in princess of eboli.Although when she got married she began a period of motherhood, and returned with television productions such as the series Estate (1977) and also that same year with the catastrophist Airport 77 . In the eighties he won the Golden Globe for his role in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna , another television production. And she also played the Queen Mother of England in a biopic about the royal romance between Lady Di and Prince Charles.

NEW YORK, NY - 1982: Actress Olivia De Havilland, who plays the Queen Mother, on the set of the television movie 'The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana' in 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)

In the television movie about Charles and Diana she played the Queen Mother (1982)

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And she remained active even into the 21st century, giving interviews, appearing at award galas and retrospectives. In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II named her Dame.