There are few living legends among us these days, but de Havilland certainly qualifies. One of the truly great movie stars from Hollywood’s classical period, she was a contemporary of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Katherine Hepburn, and of course her late younger sister, Joan Fontaine.
|Olivia de Havilland (center) in The Snake Pit (1948)|
A two-time Oscar winner for To Each His Own and The Heiress respectively. She also gave magical performances in The Snake Pit and The Dark Mirror. And who could forget her as Melanie Hamilton in the all-time classic Gone With The Wind. In the hands of a lesser actress Melanie would have been nothing more than a “mealy mouth ninny,” as Scarlet described her. In the hands of de Havilland, she’s a three-dimensional woman of great warmth and sincerity.