Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan, to parents from the United Kingdom. Her father, Walter Augustus de Havilland was a patent attorney with a practice in Japan, and her mother, Lilian Augusta Ruse was a stage actress who had left her career after going to Tokyo with her husband - she would return to work after her daughters had already won fame in the 40s, with the stage name of Lillian Fontaine. De Havilland appeared as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, her first stage production, at the Hollywood Bowl. The stage production was later turned into a 1935 movie, her film debut. Although the stage cast was largely replaced with Warner Bros. contract players, she was hired to reprise her role as Hermia. After appearing with Joe E. Brown in Alibi Ike and James Cagney in The Irish in Us, she played opposite Errol Flynn in such highly popular films as Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and as Maid Marian to Flynn's Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Overall, she starred opposite Flynn in eight films (source: wikipedia.org)

Olivia De Haviland


  • 1988 The Woman He Loved (TV movie) Aunt Bessie Merryman
  • 1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV movie) Dowager Empress Maria
  • 1986 North and South, Book II (TV mini-series) Mrs. Neal
  • 1982 The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (TV movie) Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
  • 1982 Murder Is Easy (TV movie) Honoria Waynflete (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1981 The Love Boat (TV series) Aunt Hilly
  • 1979 The Fifth Musketeer Queen Mother
  • 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV mini-series) Mrs. Warner
  • 1978 The Swarm Maureen Schuester
  • 1977 Airport '77 Emily Livingston
  • 1972 Pope Joan Mother Superior
  • 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV movie) Laura Wynant (as Olivia DeHavilland)
  • 1969 The Adventurers Deborah Hadley (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV series) Deborah Rubin
  • 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV series) Ellie Thompson
  • 1965 The Big Valley (TV series) Ms. Hadley
  • 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Miriam Deering
  • 1964 Lady in a Cage Mrs. Cornelia Hilyard
  • 1962 Light in the Piazza Meg Johnson
  • 1959 Libel Lady Margaret Loddon
  • 1958 The Proud Rebel Linnett Moore
  • 1956 The Ambassador's Daughter Joan Fisk
  • 1955 Not as a Stranger Kristina Hedvigson
  • 1955 That Lady Ana de Mendoza
  • 1952 My Cousin Rachel Rachel Sangalletti Ashley (as Olivia deHavilland)
  • 1949 The Heiress Catherine Sloper
  • 1948 The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham
  • 1946 The Dark Mirror Terry/Ruth Collins
  • 1946 The Well-Groomed Bride Margie Dawson
  • 1946 Devotion Charlotte Bronte
  • 1946 To Each His Own Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1943 Government Girl Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard
  • 1943 Princess O'Rourke Princess Maria - aka Mary Williams (as Olivia DeHavilland)
  • 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Olivia de Havilland
  • 1942 In This Our Life Roy Timberlake
  • 1942 The Male Animal Ellen Turner
  • 1941 They Died with Their Boots On Elizabeth Bacon
  • 1941 Hold Back the Dawn Emmy Brown
  • 1941 The Strawberry Blonde Amy Lind
  • 1940 Santa Fe Trail 'Kit Carson' Holliday (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1940 My Love Came Back Amelia Cornell
  • 1939 Gone with the Wind Melanie Hamilton - Their Cousin
  • 1939 Raffles Gwen Manders
  • 1939 Essex and Elizabeth Lady Penelope Gray
  • 1939 Dodge City Abbie Irving
  • 1939 Wings of the Navy Irene Dale
  • 1938 Hard to Get Margaret Richards (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1938 Four's a Crowd Lorri Dillingwell
  • 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood Maid Marian
  • 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It Serena 'Sprat' Ferris
  • 1937 The Great Garrick Germaine de la Corbe
  • 1937 It's Love I'm After Marcia West
  • 1937 Call It a Day Catherine 'Cath' Hilton
  • 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
  • 1936 Anthony Adverse Angela Guiseppe
  • 1935 Captain Blood Arabella Bishop
  • 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia, In love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
  • 1935 The Irish in Us Lucille Jackson
  • 1935 Alibi Ike

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