Saturday, April 20, 2024

Olivia de Havilland Wins Feud with Sister, Outlives Her to Age 97


Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine were Oscar winning sisters who didn’t like each other. According to Hollywood lure, they stopped speaking to each other at least 40 years ago over who was more successful. Yesterday, Fontaine finally surrendered, and died at age 96. That leaves de Havilland the winner at 97.

de Havilland’s Oscars came in 1947 and 1950, for The Heiress and To Each His Own, respectively. She had three other Best Actress nominations.

She also won the New York Film Critics Circle back to back in 1948 and 1949, for The Snake Pit and The Heiress. Her resume also lists Golden Globe wins and the National Board of Review.

She played Melanie in Gone with the Wind, her most famous role in her most famous movie.

Fontaine only won one Oscar, in 1941, for Suspicion, and was nominated two other times. Fontaine also won the New York Film Critics. She was even nominated for an Emmy Award for the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope.'”

Fontaine’s death this weekend was one of three Hollywood stars who passed away. Peter O’Toole, the great British actor, died at 81. And Tom O’Laughlin, star of the “Billy Jack” movies, but not exactly a “star” in the sense of Fontaine and O’Toole, died at 82.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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