Olivia de Havilland Dead – Academy Award-Winning Actress Dies at 104
Dame Olivia de Havilland has died.
The Academy Award-winning actress passed away at the age of 104 due to natural causes on Sunday (July 26) at her home in Paris, France, a rep for the star confirmed.
Olivia was born in 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, and made her debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She starred in dozens of films, including Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone With the Wind.
She later starred in To Each His Own and The Heiress, winning Oscars for Best Actress in those roles.
She was also a Golden Globe winner for her performance in 1986′s Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.
Olivia was also part of a historic court case that changed Hollywood, filing a lawsuit against Warner Bros. regarding her contract. The lawsuit was ruled in her favor, and marked a critical role in reducing studio power and extending creative freedom to performers.
She received honors including the National Medal of the Arts, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
She was married twice: first to author Marcus Goodrich from 1946 to 1953 and then to journalist Pierre Galante, editor of the French magazine Paris Match. She is preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Goodrich and her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine. She is survived by her daughter, Gisele Galante Chulack, her son-in-law Andrew Chulack and her niece Deborah Dozier Potter.
Funeral arrangements are private, and memorial contributions may be made to the American Cathedral in Paris.
Our thoughts are with Olivia‘s loved ones at this difficult time.
We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2020…
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