Olivia de Havilland interview


Hollywood’s sweetheart: Olivia de Havilland



Hermione Eyre
London Evening Standard


Olivia de Havilland, a star of Hollywood’s golden age, lives in Paris in a tall townhouse near the Bois de Boulogne. It is snowing when I arrive and I am so cold I can barely speak. The maid shows me into a drawing room where, outlined against a blazing fire, Miss de Havilland stands with welcoming arms outstretched. She is small in stature but her charm is enormous, overwhelming. It is exactly like being greeted by the character she created, Melanie in Gone With the Wind, as she takes my fur hat and clasps it to her bosom. ‘What a hat,’ she says, adding in a low voice resonant with sincerity, ‘It must be a great comfort to you.’


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6 Responses to “Olivia de Havilland interview”

  1. Jim Davis says:

    Thank you so much Allan for posting this! Olivia and Joan – still alive and still feuding in their 90’s – you couldn’t write a better screenplay! Jim

  2. Mary Mallory says:

    She has such style and grace, something today’s stars so sadly lack.

  3. normadesmond says:

    yes, it’s interesting to think that in their 90s, those two won’t bury the hatchet. maybe it’s that anger that’s kept them alive?

  4. Sophia says:

    Love this article and to learn that she is still working today. Checked out the youtube trailer to hear her recent narration on the film “I Remember Better When I Paint” – an amazing lady and voice.

  5. Peter says:

    Wow! I didn’t know she lived in Paris. Love your blog. How did Rhett Butler die? it’s never been written until now! http://www.deathofrhett.blogspot.com

  6. Scott says:

    What a striking photo of Olivia! She still has such class and radiates charm and classic loveliness, even at 93. That photo ought to be on the cover of her forthcoming bio.

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