In honour of Olivia de Havilland's 101st birthday this year, we look back at her storied career in film.
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 1, 1916 to British parents. Her sister, Joan, arrived the following year (1917-2013). The sisters had a lifelong feud that allegedly began over competition for their mothers' affections. Joan later changed her last name from de Havilland to Fontaine (which she took from her stepfather) to distance herself from her sister.
De Havilland made seven films with Errol Flynn, the most popular of which was The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). The others were: Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Four's a Crowd (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
After decades of speculation, de Havilland finally admitted, at the age of 92, that she and Flynn had shared an emotional love affair—but one she insists was never consummated. Flynn, who was married at the time he first met de Havilland, later admitted in his autobiography (My Wicked, Wicked Ways, 1959) that he'd fallen in love with his frequent costar. Flynn died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 1959.
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