Olivia de Havilland passed away on July 25, 2020, at the age of 104. She’s one of Hollywood’s classic stars with a frock flick pedigree that can’t be beat. From her eight films with Errol Flynn to the obvious Gone With the Wind to My Cousin Rachel to TV series North and South and Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna — Miss de Havilland was a mainstay of the costume drama longer than most anyone of her generation.
Her legacy lasts beyond her acting roles, however, because in 1943, she sued Warner Bros. Pictures to help break the studio system that chained actors to only one studio for their careers. The resulting California Labor Code Section 2855 is known as the ‘De Havilland Law’ because of her, and since then, performers have gained extended greater creative freedom to performers
Olivia de Havilland moved to France in the 1950s, having married an editor for Paris Match. They separated in 1962, but she stayed in Paris, raising her daughter and continuing to act through the 1980s.
Here are just a few of the costume drama highlights we’ll remember her in! Share your memories in the comments.
What’s your favorite Olivia de Havilland frock flick?