Quotes by: Olivia De Havilland
|Olivia de Havilland
Studio publicity photo, 1938
||Olivia Mary de Havilland
July 1, 1916
||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)
||Joan Fontaine (sister, 1917–2013)
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.
I'm all for typewriters, with instant carbon copies, and seeing films in cinemas.
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.
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.
I read the Scriptures at the American Cathedral on Christmas and Easter; that's it. It's a task I love.
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!'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was quite thin, and I didn't have to worry until I had my appendix out and a mysterious metabolic change occurred.
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.
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.
We were like a stock company at Warners. We didn't know any of the stars from the other studios.
I loved France, although I initially thought they were stubborn for always speaking French.
There certainly is such a thing as screen chemistry, although I don't believe you find it frequently.
All of Hollywood was convinced that 'Gone with the Wind' would be a colossal disaster and rather hoped it would be.
I'm certainly relishing the idea of living a century. Can you imagine that? What an achievement.