Olivia de Havilland, two-time Oscar winner, dies at 104
Olivia de Havilland was 104 and she died of natural causes at home in Paris
Hollywood actor Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday. She was 104 and she died of natural causes at home in Paris, where she had been residing for over 60 years, her publicist Lisa Goldberg announced.
The Japan-born British-American actor had an active career in films for over five decades from 1935 to 1988, during which time she appeared in 49 feature films. She was considered one of the leading stars of Hollywood's Golden Age.
“To Each His Own,” “The Heiress,” “Gone with the Wind” and so many others. A two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, Olivia de Havilland was a mainstay of Hollywood’s Golden Age and an immeasurable talent. Here's to a true legend of our industry. pic.twitter.com/VYMMNknh4v— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 26, 2020
Her mother was the late English actor Lilian Fontaine and her sister, late Joan Fontaine, was also a major Hollywood star of the era and an Oscar winner.
De Havilland rose to stardom featuring opposite Hollywood action superstar of the era, Errol Flynn, in several swashbuckling hits of the 1930s. Her most prominent roles in that early phase were in Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938). In all, De Havilland worked with Flynn in eight big films, and the duo became the most saleable on-screen pair of their time.
Her most notable roles were in films of the drama genre, such as In This Our Life (1942), The Snake Pit (1948), and Light In The Piazza (1962).