Olivia De Havilland Had To Leave Cinematography For Almost 10 Years Because Of A Very Sad Reason
November 16, 2018 10:58 By Fabiosa
Olivia de Havilland is one of the most eminent actresses and a living legend of the Hollywood's Golden Age. But it appears the world of cinematography could lose the iconic actress. Olivia wasn’t able to work for almost 10 years due to a very sad reason.
Why Olivia de Havilland had to leave cinematography
Can you imagine that the legendary Olivia de Havilland is already 102? The brightest star of the Golden Age and beloved Melanie from Gone with the Wind is still in high spirits to the big joy of her numerous fans.
But did you know that de Havilland was not able to work and even thought about leaving a film industry?
It happened when Olivia’s son, Benjamin, passed away from Hodgkin’s disease. He was first diagnosed at 17, but after a long battle, he still couldn’t make it. At that time, he was 42.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND Lost her 42-year old son, Benjamin, to heart disease as the result of treatments for Hodgkin's disease in 1991, three weeks before his father, writer Marcus Goodrich, passed away. pic.twitter.com/FwC3zLxQ0g— 💜❣️💜 Bonnie Edinger 💜❣️💜 (@Ble6750) July 28, 2018
Like every loving mother, Olivia was devastated by her son’s demise. Another crook in the lot came when her second husband, Pierre Galante, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Although the spouses have already divorced at that time, Olivia couldn’t stay indifferent to Pierre’s illness. She helped to take care of him.
Since he lived across the street from my house, it was easy.
When Pierre passed away from cancer, Olivia helped her daughter, Gisele, deal with her grief. But the dark period kept going for de Havilland’s family. Gisele’s husband died. Olivia left Paris and moved to Malibu to help her daughter go through depression.
For almost a decade, de Havilland didn’t appear in public and rejected all offers from film producers. She turned down a role in The Towering Inferno because she didn’t want to be away from her daughter.
I thought of my daughter, and I couldn't do it.
Fortunately, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Life difficulties are just a temporary thing. After losing her loved ones, Olivia de Havilland managed to stay strong for the sake of her daughter.
Throughout her career, the actress appeared in 49 films and was honored with a noble title of Dame of the British Empire. Bravo to the living legend!