Olivia de Havilland and the Golden Age of Hollywood
This is classic Hollywood history as told through the life and career of one of its most
iconic actresses. The book benefits tremendously from the author's meeting with Olivia de Havilland after he was assigned to handle her projected memoir at the Delacorte Press in 1973. Amburn also knew many of the key figures in her life and career, a veritable pantheon of Hollywood royalty from the 30s, 40s, and 50s: Jimmy Stewart, George Cukor, and David O. Selznick, and he was an editor at William Morrow when the company published the autobiography of de Havilland's difficult sister Joan Fontaine.
Superbly researched and full of delicious anecdotes about Clark Gable, John Huston, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Bette Davis--particularly the bloody, bone-crunching fistfight Flynn and Huston waged over Olivia--this book not only profiles one of the finest actresses of her time, but also the culture of the film industry's Golden Age.
It details de Havilland's relationships with the men who sought her--Howard Hughes, Jimmy Stewart, Errol Flynn, John F. Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, and John Huston, as well as her friendships with Grace Kelly, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Ronald Reagan, Victor Fleming, and Ingrid Bergman.
Here, too, are the fabulous and often surprising back stories of her 49 films, including Gone With the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Snake Pit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and the two for which she won Oscars, The Heiress and To Each His Own. The account of the filming of Gone With the Wind is unique in that the author interviewed many of the people involved in the epic making of this masterpiece as Lois Dwight Cole, who discovered the novel, producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, agents Kay Brown and Annie Laurie Williams, Radie Harris, Vivien Leigh's closest friend in the press, and both Edie Goetz and Irene Mayer Selznick, daughters of Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, the studio that funded, released, and ended up owning Gone With the Wind.
Also included in this biography are Olivia's adventures with Bette Davis. They appeared together in four movies and Davis tried to destroy her, but Olivia stood up to Davis as no other actress had ever dared to do. She won Davis's respect, and by the time they made their biggest hit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, a lasting friendship had blossomed. Undertaking a joint national publicity tour, they attracted mobs of boisterous fans and, in private, reminisced about the Golden Age of movies, evaluated the current crop of stars, and exchanged observations about love goddesses, nudity, and parenthood.
Olivia De Havilland vs Joan Fontaine
Every Frenchman Has One
Back in print for the first time in decadesand featuring a new interview with the author, in celebration of her centennial birthdaythe delectable escapades of Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, who fell in love with a Frenchmanand then became a Parisian
In 1953, Olivia de Havillandalready an Academy Award-winning actress for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiressbecame the heroine of her own real-life love affair. She married a Frenchman, moved to Paris, and planted her standard on the Left Bank of the River Seine. It has been fluttering on both Left and Right Banks with considerable joy and gaiety from that moment on.
Still, her transition from Hollywood celebrity to parisienne was anything but easy. And in Every Frenchman Has One, her skirmishes with French customs, French maids, French salesladies, French holidays, French law, French doctors, and above all, the French language, are here set forth in a delightful and amusing memoir of her early years in the City of Light.
Paraphrasing Caesar, Ms. de Havilland says, I came. I saw. I was conquered.
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Every Frenchman Has One
Inscribed by de Havilland...202 Pages
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Legends of Hollywood: The Life of Olivia de Havilland
*Includes de Havilland's quotes about her own life and career.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
Olivia de Havilland is one of the last few living actresses who worked during the Golden Era of Hollywood, but also one of the most decorated, winning dozens of awards over the course of a 50 year career. Among those, she most notably won the Academy Award for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949), more than a decade after she got her start as an 18 year old in Hollywood. Ironically, de Havilland was in California in part because the young British girl who had been born in Tokyo stopped in the States for medical treatment.
Of course, de Havilland isnt well remembered for any of those accolades or other movies but because she played Melanie Hamilton in Gone With the Wind (1939), perhaps the most famous movie in American history. Although she was a veteran actress at the time, de Havillands career hadnt progressed much since she started, and rumor has it that she eventually got the role after her own sister, Joan Fontaine, was asked to audition for the part and recommended Olivia instead. Olivia was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and became a household name in her adopted country overnight.
Having been typecast in light romantic comedies before Gone With the Wind, that performance ensured de Havilland subsequently had a long, productive and versatile career making everything from Westerns and dramas. Of those movies, she is perhaps most closely associated with the enigmatic Errol Flynn, another foreign-born actor who was more notorious for his roles off the screen than on it. Before his untimely death, they appeared in several films together and became one of Hollywoods most popular on-screen couples.
Legends of Hollywood: The Life of Olivia de Havilland profiles the life and career of one of Hollywoods most beloved actresses. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about de Havilland like never before, in no time at all.
The Snake Pit
"A first for Hollywood, ""The Snake Pit"" broke ground with its depiction of life in a mental hospital. When Virginia Stuart awakens to find herself committed to an asylum, she must piece together the events that brought her there; a painstaking process with her tenuous hold on reality..
3-Movie Family Dove Collection V.1: Where the Red Fern Grows / Seven Alone / The Proud Rebel
Three original family classics filled with loyal companions, amazing journeys and inspiring friendships. Featuring an adaptation of a best-selling children's classic, a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog, and the amazing true story of a family on the Oregon Trail.
Where The Red Fern Grows
Based on the best-selling children's classic by Wilson Rawls, this inspiring film of faith, honesty, loyalty and purpose is a story for all ages, for all time. A boy growing up in the Ozarks of Oklahoma scrimps and saves to make his dream of having his own hunting dogs a reality. Starring James Whitmore and Beverly Garland.
The Proud Rebel
John Chandler is traveling the country with his son, David, and their sheep dog, Lance, in search of a doctor who can help David speak. But when financing the treatment becomes a concern, John must make the difficult decision between helping his son or preserving the friendship between the boy and his dog.
Spring, 1842. America's unclaimed and unexplored land drew thousands of settlers to the West, including the Sager family. After both parents succumbed to the untamed wilderness, their seven children courageously continued the journey their parents began. A heartwarming adventure film for the whole family, this is the amazing true story of the Sager children on the Oregon Trail.
Movie-Star Portraits of the Forties
The pictures these photographic artists took span the period from the outbreak of World War II to the Korean conflict of 1951. As John Kobal writes in his informative introduction. "The Forties were the years of Old Hollywood's last stand, though the people concerned didn't know it." In a lively introduction, illustrated by ten pictures of the stars off the set, Mr. Kobal discusses the people and films of the Forties, the importance of these photos and the photographers who took them, and their magical appeal to movie fans. The captions give the year, photographer, studio, the movies that many of the portraits are associated with, and the costume designer. Originally printed in fan magazines, on posters, and in fashion spreads, these portraits are legendary. They are part of almost everyone's past, part of their dreams and fantasies.
The Films Of Olivia De Havilland
Traces the life and career of Miss de Havilland, and provides plot summaries, cast and credits for all of her movies
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