Olivia De Havilland, The Last Bright Star Of Hollywood's Golden Era, Turns 102: How Does She Feel About Her Age?
July 3, 2018 14:19 By Fabiosa
We are honoring one of the icons of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland, who turned 102 on July 01, 2018. The brightest and last star of Hollywood’s golden age seems to shine for a bit more, but unfortunately, not in theaters. How is she doing and how does she feel about the older age?
Early years and fame
Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1916, and later moved to California with her mother and sister, another great Hollywood actress, Joan Fontaine. Back in the days, the girl probably couldn’t even dream of winning the Academy Award two times. But, in fact, her acting career didn’t end up on winning multiple awards. Arguably, her biggest achievement was playing Melanie Wilkins in iconic Gone with the Wind (1939), which brought her fame and recognition.
However, it was not the role of Melanie that brought Olivia two Oscars. The first one she got for playing Josephine “Jody” Norris in Mitchell Leisen’s To Each His Own (1946). Olivia won her second Oscar for her outstanding performance in William Wyler’s The Heiress (1949). It is worth mentioning that the movie received critical acclaim by winning four Oscars in total. Olivia officially retired in 1988, starring for the last time on screen in the HTV romantic TV drama The Woman He Loved (1988).
What was her life after Hollywood success?
Olivia de Havilland has been living in Paris, France, for the last 62 years. It seems she is indeed as romantic as the characters she portrayed in her films. The actress was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire just before her 101st birthday, which made her the oldest woman ever to receive the honor.
Olivia was married twice: first, to Marcus Goodrich (1946-1953), than to Pierre Galante (1955-1979). From the first marriage, she had a son, Benjamin, who, unfortunately, passed away from Hodgkin’s disease in 1991. She also has a daughter, Giselle, from the marriage with Galante. Today, the woman rests at her residence and enjoys the older age:
So how do I feel about older age? Crazy about it! Wouldn’t trade it for anything!
It feels like she totally knows how to entertain herself. The woman doesn’t speak to journalists often and lives alone. Maybe she is writing a book? Imagine her becoming a best-selling author at 102! We wish Olivia de Havilland great health and congratulate her on such a wonderful occasion.