Friday, July 01, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday Olivia de Havilland!

It's not every day that someone turns 100-years-old, so it's always time to celebrate, but when that someone is a world-class actress and one of the greatest Golden Age movie stars (some might argue the last Golden Age movie star), then it's truly worthy of a celebration.  I didn't quite get time this week to seek out a couple of extra Olivia de Havilland movies, but she's always on our minds over at The Many Rantings of John, and I couldn't let such an occasion pass without acknowledging such a momentous achievement.  Though more famous for her work in Gone with the Wind and her feud with sister Joan Fontaine, de Havilland was a pioneer for the rights of performers (the De Havilland Law barring actors from excessive contracts still stands today) and a trailblazer for the rights of actresses in particular.

So for your work on behalf of performers everywhere, and for giving us Maid Marian, Emmy Brown, Virginia Cunningham, Catherine Sloper, Dowager Empress Maria, and of course Melanie Wilkes, we salute you Olivia de Havilland!  Happy birthday, and here's to 100 more!

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