Olivia de Havilland, one of many last surviving golden age stars, has handed away on the ripe previous age of 104. Extremely positive in her later years, typically sitting for interviews on Turner Classic Movies, and just lately taking FX Networks to courtroom over her depiction on Ryan Murphy’s TV present “Feud” (the place she was performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones), de Havilland leaves a wealthy legacy. A two-time Academy Award winner (for TO EACH HIS OWN & THE HEIRESS), de Havilland could also be finest remembered for her position as Melanie in GONE WITH THE WIND, along with an extended sequence of roles reverse Errol Flynn in basic swashbucklers reminiscent of CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, and naturally, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, the place she performed Maid Marian.
Famously unbiased at a time when studio contract players had been anticipated to do what they had been advised, de Havilland famously took Warner Bros to courtroom after they tried to increase her seven-year contract as punishment for not accepting roles. The landmark choice in her favor was named the “De Havilland Law”. Her sister, Joan Fontaine, was additionally an academy award-winning actress, well-known for her position in Alfred Hitchcock’s REBECCA, though the connection between the 2 was famously chilly – or was it? It was the process the connection was addressed on “Feud” that led de Havilland to take FX to courtroom. Fontaine herself lived to be ninety-six.
If you’ve by no means dug into any of the Flynn/de Havilland swashbucklers, I extremely suggest watching CAPTAIN BLOOD & THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD on HBO Max. There are a whole lot of nice films the pair made, each collectively and individually.