Only 19!!!


I was flabbergasted when I learned that Olivia was only 19 when she made this movie!
Such talent and poise for one so young. And let’s not forget how beautiful!!!

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I agree.


And I stood where I did be; for there was no more use to run; And again I lookt with my hope gone.

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And she is now approaching 100years old

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Olivia was the daughter of proper British gentry. She was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, as her father was in the diplomatic corps. Her sister Joan Fontaine took their mother's maiden surname so as to distinguish herself from her equally famous sibling. They became rivals when Joan won the Academy Award for Suspicion in 1942, although Olivia had been the first one nominated for her supporting role as Melanie in Gone With The Wind in 1940. Joan was also nominated for her first leading role in Rebecca as the second Mrs. de Winter in 1941.

Olivia later won two Best Actress Oscars for her lead roles in To Each His Own (1946) and for The Heiress (1949), but she is best remembered for her seven classic films that she made with Flynn. Captain Blood was the first, as well as the best, of their seven features together. They actually fell in love, but never consummated the relationship, believing that this would ruin their chemistry onscreen. Wise decision. Flynn always said that she was his favorite leading lady and it showed.

Olivia was very supportive of Errol when he was falsely accused of statutory rape in a sensational 1942 trial that almost destroyed his career. She also insists to this day that he was not a Nazi spy and that Charles Hingham only wrote that wretched biography nearly forty years ago to make money and tarnish Flynn's reputation.

Captain Blood is a classic film for many reasons: It was inspired by true events. It has a great cast and glorious black and white cinematography. It was de Havilland's first major film. It was the movie that made Flynn a major star. And it was the greatest pirate flick of that decade. Not until Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp paired off in Pirates of the Caribbean has there ever been anything to equal it.

Olivia played a fictional character Arabella Bishop in this film, but the movie has some genuine historical figures who give life to the drama. Two of them are King James II and his most powerful advisor Charles Spencer, the second Earl of Sunderland, both of whom were ancestors to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who, ironically, shared the same birthdate as Olivia, albeit forty-five years apart. They also share the same Irish ancestry with Diana's posthumous sister-in-law Sophie Rees-Jones, an eighth cousin once removed of the late Princess. Olivia and Diana were/are fifth cousins three times removed. Diana was born on July 1, 1961, and died much too soon. De Havilland might reach her one hundredth birthday this year and I wish her many more.

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If you have not seen A Midsummer Night's Dream from 1935, be sure to catch it! Max Reinhart--the genius behind it--happened to see Olivia de Havilland in a stage version of the play her college in Oakland, California, put on, and he cast her in both the stage and film versions. I think I read it was her first movie...she plays Hermia, and Dick Powell, Lysander. Anita Louise, Ross Alexander, James Cagney, Jean Muir, Mickey Rooney, Victor Jory, Hobart Cavanaugh, even Billy Barty are in this amazing wonderland of a film. And even with all those huge names in the acting world, and some of the prettiest women in film, Olivia holds her own, both in acting and in beauty. My favorite movie. It must have been filmed at Warner Bros soon before this one?

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I was flabbergasted when I learned that Olivia was only 19 when she made this movie!
Sorta of fits with the actual historical time, but amazing. I would have guessed like 25 playing 19. Thanks for that.

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Ditto !

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Where can I find the definition of 'Dictionary' ?

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And where are to go to learn such facts from now on, or at least then find that others agree at the joy of the discovery?

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