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Wealthy middle-aged widow is more like it...


I've noticed many IMDb comments refer to de Havilland's character as an "old lady" when it's more accurate to describe her character as a wealthy middle-aged widow. De Havilland was only 47 at the time and definitely not an "old lady". Maybe the fact that she was supposed to have a broken hip and using a cane (for the character in the story), is what did it.

I suspect many of these comments were written by teens and young adults who think 30 is over the hill.

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Thank you! (I just turned 43.)

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Good point- Yes and without the cane she would have looked fine.

Since this film was made in the early 60's there was still that stigma of getting old- It was probably very difficult to get film roles after age 30 at that time- Marilyn Monroe was considered over the hill at age 30.

Today it is different- kids are so much more educated-

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With the cane, she looks fine.

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Personally, I think Olivia de Havilland never looked better than she did in this film. So much so, that you almost can't imagine it is the same woman who was in Gone with the Wind and The Hieress.

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Back then, she was an old lady. Now a 47 y.o. is a nice ripe woman.
An 80 y.o. is an old lady.

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Talk about the wrong stuff!

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Yes even the styles back then for 40 year old women made them look older. Olivia's hair here now looks like what you see on a 75 year old. She was a few pounds overweight here but still looked good.

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Yes even the styles back then for 40 year old women made them look older. Olivia's hair here now looks like what you see on a 75 year old. She was a few pounds overweight here but still looked good.


Of course her hairstyle looks dated and aging now. It didn't in 1963.

Furthermore, that hairstyle, with minor alterations, continued to be popular with older women right into the 1990s. The reason is that it's very flattering to faces that are past the first bloom of youth. Every time I see a middle-aged women with that awful flat hair, scraped down and hugging the sides of her head, that so many have nowadays, I wonder if she realizes how harsh it looks next to her not-young face.


I don't think Olivia de Havilland was overweight at all. Her waist was quite trim, no doubt with the assistance of an iron-clad girdle, but still, not overweight. She was curvy, yes, which isn't the same thing.

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I'm sure she's supposed to be playing a woman older than 47 years though, because at the beginning her son says he's about to turn 30, and de Havilland's nauseating 'proper lady' character would never have subjected herself to the scandal of being a teen mother in that day and age.

Of course, this is just my impression, and I could be wrong; maybe there was meant to be a closeness in their age, to enhance the incestuous nature of their relationship. (Ick!)

Young man, I think you're onto something... now climb off and let me have a turn.

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I also assumed she was playing an older character. Considering what the character goes through it makes sense that they used a younger actress. Even so I still jumped when she was kicked in the face!

Cousin Cheryl, I don't think the family REALLY knows you.

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incestuous nature? noooo, the son was gay, back then they couldnt say that in films But that actor made it clear threw his good preformane that he was playing a gay charactor

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Yes, wealthy middle-aged is correct.

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