Quotes by: Olivia De Havilland

Olivia de Havilland
Studio publicity photo, 1938
Born Olivia Mary de Havilland
(1916-07-01) July 1, 1916 (age 100)
Tokyo, Japan
Residence Paris, France
Other names Livvie
Citizenship United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1935–1989
Religion Anglican, later Episcopalian
Marcus Goodrich (m. 1946; div. 1953) Pierre Galante (m. 1955; div. 1979)
Benjamin Goodrich (1949–91) Gisèle Galante (b. 1956)
Walter Augustus de Havilland (1872–1968) Lilian Fontaine (1886–1975)
Relatives Joan Fontaine (sister, 1917–2013)
Awards See below

By 1951, television had already made such inroads on the income garnered by motion picture companies that the Golden Era which had prevailed until then was beginning to disintegrate. And by 1953, it had come to an end. Hollywood was a dismal, tragic place.
Olivia De Havilland
I'm all for typewriters, with instant carbon copies, and seeing films in cinemas.
Olivia De Havilland
I have, indeed, lived most of my life overseas, but I've returned repeatedly to work in film, special television productions, and the New York theater. There have also been tributes and similar occasions that have called me back to Hollywood. I've returned so often, I almost feel that I've never left.
Olivia De Havilland
I wouldn't wish overnight success on anyone. You have no real friends. Everyone works endless hours at different studios, so far apart. Even on your own lot, relationships were formal and often competitive.
Olivia De Havilland
I read the Scriptures at the American Cathedral on Christmas and Easter; that's it. It's a task I love.
Olivia De Havilland
I am attracted by almost any French word - written or spoken. Before I knew its meaning, I thought 'saucisson' so exquisite that it seemed the perfect name to give a child - until I learned it meant 'sausage!'
Olivia De Havilland
When I was five, I discovered a secret box that contained Mummy's stage makeup. It was like finding buried treasure. I tried the rouge, the eye shadow, the lipstick. But I couldn't get the rouge off. Mummy spanked me terribly.
Olivia De Havilland
I felt 'Gone with the Wind' would last five years, and it's lasted over 70 and into a new millennium. There is a special place in my heart for that film and Melanie. She was a remarkable character - a loving person - and because of that, she was a happy person. And Scarlett, of course, was not.
Olivia De Havilland
I don't need a fantasy life as once I did. That is the life of the imagination that I had a great need for. Films were the perfect means for satisfying that need.
Olivia De Havilland
I have the idea that anyone who has ever heard my name has the distinct impression that I was put under the sod years ago just before they buried Lillian Russell.
Olivia De Havilland
I was naturalized right before Pearl Harbor. Nine days later, I would have been classified as an enemy alien. I might have been sent to a camp.
Olivia De Havilland
Famous people feel that they must perpetually be on the crest of the wave, not realising that it is against all the rules of life. You can't be on top all the time, it isn't natural.
Olivia De Havilland
I was quite thin, and I didn't have to worry until I had my appendix out and a mysterious metabolic change occurred.
Olivia De Havilland
If I watch 'Gone With the Wind,' I always find it interesting. I think, 'What's going to happen next? What's that character going to do?' But you know, you never really need to watch the films you made again. They stay inside you, always with you.
Olivia De Havilland
I wanted to be what my high-school civics and history teacher thought of as a good American. That automatically involved taking an interest in government.
Olivia De Havilland
We were like a stock company at Warners. We didn't know any of the stars from the other studios.
Olivia De Havilland
I loved France, although I initially thought they were stubborn for always speaking French.
Olivia De Havilland
There certainly is such a thing as screen chemistry, although I don't believe you find it frequently.
Olivia De Havilland
All of Hollywood was convinced that 'Gone with the Wind' would be a colossal disaster and rather hoped it would be.
Olivia De Havilland
I'm certainly relishing the idea of living a century. Can you imagine that? What an achievement.
Olivia De Havilland

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