Olivia de Havilland has enjoyed a lot of fame and success during her career. She was also notorious for her lifelong feud with sister Joan Fontaine.
Movie legend Olivia de Havilland has died at the age of 104 at her home in Paris.
Her death was confirmed by her publicist Lisa Goldberg who revealed that the actress has passed away from natural causes.
She was one of the biggest stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age. So, let’s take a look at her acting career, as well as Olivia de Havilland’s famous rivalry with sister Joan Fontaine.
Who was Olivia de Havilland?
Olivia was born in Tokyo on July 1st in 1916.
She was born to father Walter de Havilland and mother Lilian Fontaine. Walter was a lawyer and professor at the Imperial University in Tokyo, while Lilian was a stage actress.
Olivia’s acting career spans from 1935 to 1988 and the actress has appeared in over 45 films.
Some of her most memorable roles are in the 1949 drama The Heiress, To Each His Own (1946) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
Moreover, Olivia was the oldest living actress to have won an Academy Award before her death and the last surviving star of Holywood’s Golden Age.
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine when they were young
The two siblings moved to California with their parents, but it wasn’t long before their father returned to Tokyo where he later married his housekeeper.
Olivia and Joan’s legendary feud dates back to the time when they were children.
According to Olivia’s autobiography ‘No Bed of Roses’ (via The Hollywood Reporter), the two sisters didn’t get along because they fought for attention.
Allegedly, Olivia and Joan’s feud escalated into physical fighting which many siblings go through if one of them doesn’t feel as special to their parents as before.
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine’s feud
Once the two siblings stepped into the glamorous Hollywood life, their rivalry turned into a legendary feud across the movie industry.
According to Biography, one of their notorious rivalries was at the 1942 Oscars when both Olivia and Joan received nominations for Best Actress. Olivia was nominated for Hold Back The Dawn and Joan for Suspicion, with Joan scooping the coveted statuette that year.
At the time, this was the first time in the history of the Academy Awards for two siblings to compete for the same category.
Then in 1947, Olivia won Best Actress for To Each His Own and when Joan approached to congratulate her on her win, Olivia allegedly snubbed her sister.
In a 2016 interview for Vanity Fair, Olivia opened up about her legendary rivalry with Joan, explaining:
“A feud implies continuing hostile conduct between two parties. I cannot think of a single instance wherein I initiated hostile behavior. On my part, it was always loving, but sometimes estranged and, in the later years, severed.”