Happy 100th Birthday

Celebrating Screen Legend Olivia de Havilland
Thu June 30, 2016 at 11:55 PM PDT

Only a tiny fraction of one percent of the world’s population are lucky enough to make it to their 100th Birthday, and we’re happy to report that screen legend Olivia de Havilland hit that milestone today! Born in Tokyo to British parents on July 1, 1916, de Havilland’s unparalleled acting career lasted for more than 50 years beginning with her film debut in 1935’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when she was only 18 years of age. She retired from acting in 1988.

Throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s, de Havilland was box office gold and won two Academy Awards [1946’s To Each His Own and 1949’s The Heiress, and was also nominated for three other Oscars] while sharing the screen with a who’s who of other members of Hollywood royalty who are no longer with us, including James Cagney, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda, Ida Lupino, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, and, most notably, Errol Flynn, with whom she starred in eight films between 1935-41. The Flynn/de Havilland team remains one of cinema’s most popular pairings to this day.  

Her wide-ranging acting abilities allowed her to star in everything from period piece epics and melodramas to comedy and light-hearted romantic tales and she did it with a beauty and grace that continues to stand the test of time. Moving to France in 1956, where she still lives today, de Havilland’s many memorable roles are forever etched into the collective memory of film fans around the world, including her Oscar-nominated role as Scarlett O'Hara's soft-hearted cousin Melanie Hamilton in the immortal Gone with the Wind.

 

We’re also happy to share an excerpt from this personal note to Ms. de Havilland from Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara:

Letter to Olivia
Dear Ms. de Havilland:
I wanted to send you a note to personally extend my best wishes, along with those of the entire Warner Bros. family around the world, for a very happy 100th birthday. You are truly a living legend, and your contributions to the global cinematic arts are unmatched.
I hope you spend your birthday in good health, surrounded by loved ones, knowing you are held in the highest esteem by millions around the world.

 

And to further help celebrate this very special occasion, we’ve pulled together some photos from just a few of the movies that are blessed with the grace, beauty and talent of Olivia de Havilland. Happy 100th Birthday!

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Olivia de Havilland, age 18, on the set of what would mark her film debut and introduction to fans around the world.
Olivia de Havilland, age 18, on the set of what would mark her film debut and introduction to fans around the world.

 

Captain Blood (1935)

The smile that melted a million hearts, on the set of Captain Blood. Her first of eight pairings with Errol Flynn.
The smile that melted a million hearts, on the set of Captain Blood. Her first of eight cinematic pairings with Errol Flynn.

 

Anthony Adverse (1936)

A candidly engaging backstage photo of de Havilland on the set of Anthony Adverse.
A candidly engaging backstage photo of de Havilland on the set of Anthony Adverse.

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

The on-screen romance between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland spanned six years and eight films.
The on-screen romance between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland spanned six years and eight films.

 

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Errol Flynn as Robin Hood and de Havilland as Maid Marian on the set of the 1938 classic.
Errol Flynn as Robin Hood and de Havilland as Maid Marian on the set of the 1938 classic.

 

Gold is Where You Find It (1938)

Olivia is surrounded by Harry Davenport, Tim Holt and Claude Rains in this gold rush drama.
Olivia is surrounded by Harry Davenport, Tim Holt and Claude Rains in this gold rush drama.

 

Dodge City (1939)

Olivia and Errol teamed up this time on horseback in this classic Warner Bros. western.
Olivia and Errol teamed up this time on horseback in this classic Warner Bros. western.

 

Gone with the Wind (1939)

With dazzling splendor, de Havilland received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the immortal Gone with the Wind.
With dazzling splendor, de Havilland received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the immortal Gone with the Wind.

 

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

In this sweeping epic, de Havilland co-starred with two other screen immortals Errol Flynn and Bette Davis.
In this sweeping epic, de Havilland co-starred with two other screen immortals Errol Flynn and Bette Davis.

 

Wings of the Navy (1939)

Looking stunning again, this time in a wartime romance with George Brent and John Payne.
Looking stunning again in her fourth 1939 film, this time in a wartime romance with George Brent and John Payne.

 

The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Teaming up again with James Cagney (they appeared previously in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Irish in Us) in the romantic comedy, The Strawberry Blonde.
Teaming up again with James Cagney (they appeared previously in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Irish in Us) in the romantic comedy, The Strawberry Blonde.

 

They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

In their final film together, Errol Flynn played General George Custer with de Havilland as his wife. The bio-pic was a huge box office success.
In their final film together, Errol Flynn played General George Custer with de Havilland as his wife. The bio-pic was a huge box office success.

 

It's Love I'm After (1942)

Bette Davis, de Havilland and Patric Knowles in the romantic comedy, It's Love I'm After.
Bette Davis, de Havilland and Patric Knowles in the romantic comedy, It's Love I'm After.

 

Princess O'Rourke (1943)

The 26-year-old de Havilland in one of the publicity shots released for the 1943 romantic comedy Princess O'Rourke, which won the Oscar for "Best Screenplay."
The 26-year-old de Havilland in one of the publicity shots released for the 1943 romantic comedy Princess O'Rourke, which won the Oscar for "Best Screenplay."

 

Government Girl (1944)

Olivia de Havilland (with Sonny Tufts) had a chance to fully display her comedic side in Government Girl.
Olivia de Havilland (with Sonny Tufts) had a chance to fully display her comedic side in Government Girl.

 

Devotion (1946)

Ida Lupino and de Havilland (pictured with Paul Henreid) portrayed the Bronte sisters, the writers behind Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, in this fictionalized account.
Ida Lupino and de Havilland (pictured with Paul Henreid) portrayed the Bronte sisters, the writers behind Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, in Devotion.

 

Libel (1959)

Olivia de Havilland starred with Dirk Bogarde and Robert Morley in this British courtroom drama.
Olivia de Havilland starred with Dirk Bogarde and Robert Morley in this British courtroom drama.

 

Light in the Piazza (1962)

Olivia de Havilland, George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux on the set of this moving drama beautifully shot in Florence and Rome. A lost treasure in '60s cinema.
Olivia de Havilland, George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux on the set of this moving drama beautifully shot in Florence and Rome. A lost treasure in '60s cinema.

 

Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

Surrounded by her TV family of Richard Thomas, Henry Fonda and Marc Singer, de Havilland appeared in the Emmy-winning Roots: The Next Generations.
Surrounded by her TV family of Richard Thomas, Henry Fonda and Marc Singer, de Havilland appeared in the Emmy-winning miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.

 

North and South: Book Two

in one of her very last roles before retiring in 1988, de Havilland appeared in all six episodes of the second installment of this hugely popular miniseries.
In one of her very last roles before retiring from acting in 1988, de Havilland appeared in all six episodes of the second installment of this hugely popular miniseries.