Friday July 1st marks a milestone in the life of Olivia de Havilland, who will be celebrating her 100th year of birth. To commemorate her centennial I am honored to be co-hosting a blogathon with the lovely Phyllis from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies.
Olivia de Havilland rose to stardom in 1939 when she played the role of cousin, Melanie in Gone With The Wind. Following the films success de Havilland was cast in an array of critically acclaimed productions that spotlighted her versatility as an actress and garnering her Academy Award nominations.
It’s not often that one of cinema’s most prominent stars reaches the wipe old age of 100, but Olivia who is known for her longevity and for being the oldest Oscar winner alive will be accomplishing everything on July 1st when she hits that remarkable age. With all that said it’s only natural that Phyllis and I decided to pay homage to Olivia on her centenary by hosting a blogathon.
1. Feel free to write about any subject relating to Olivia de Havilland or any aspect of her life and career. As long as the topic relates to Olivia or her filmography, it’s more than welcome.
2. Due to Olivia’s extensive body of work and a diverse range of topics, I’m allowing no more than two duplicate entries. If you have a film or topic in mind, act fast. It’s first in best dressed.
3. When: The Blogathon will be held on July 1st – 3rd, 2016, so you can post on any of those dates.
4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Phyllis’s blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Phyllis at email@example.com. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and let’s all join Olivia on this special occasion by helping her celebrate her 100th Birthday.
ROSTER, WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Olivia de Havilland life story and The Heiress ( 1949 )
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: TBA
Back To Golden Days: The Heiress ( 1949 )
Pop Culture Reverie: To Each His Own ( 1946 )
Moon In Gemini: Gone With The Wind ( 1939 )
Hamlette’s Soliloquy: The Proud Rebel ( 1958 )
Musings Of An Introvert: A Midsummer’s Night Dream ( 1935 ) and The Adventures Of Robin Hood ( 1938 )
The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Dark Mirror ( 1946 )
A Shroud Of Thoughts: It’s Love I’m After ( 1937 )
Cinema Cities: Olivia de Havilland’s Oscar nominated performances.
Silver Screenings: The Snake Pit ( 1948 )
Critica Retro: The Strawberry Blonde ( 1941 )
B Noir Detour: Dark Mirror ( 1946 )
The Cinematic Frontier: Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte ( 1964 )
12 thoughts on “ANNOUNCING THE OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND CENTENARY BLOGATHON”
How about The Great Garrick (1937). I’ve never seen it and the film was directed by James Whale!
Thanks Paul. I’ve got you down for it. You always go for some great unique choices.
I added the participants you have above plus one more – The Great Garrick (1937) for http://psychotronicpaul.blogspot.com. Do you want me to comment or email you when I get a new entry, or would you rather just keep checking my blog and I check yours?
Anyway is fine with me. Whatever you find easier. I’ve added the entry for “The Great Garrick”. I actually think that the name of his blog is “Way Too Damn Lazy To Host A Blogathon”, going by previous blogathons. Here is my current updated roster for you to add the rest on to your site.
Thanks for the invitation! I joined on Phyl’s blog earlier today. 🙂
Thanks for joining Meredith
Thanks for the invitation Crystal – could I bite the bullet, and tackle ‘Lady in a Cage’?
Most people have never heard or even seen Olivia de Havilland’s 1955 That Lady. That Lady is a 1955 film directed by Terence Young. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Gilbert Roland and Paul Scofield.
The film is based on a 1946 historical novel by Kate O’Brien, which was published in North America under the title For One Sweet Grape. It is the story of Ana de Mendoza, a swashbuckling, sword-toting princess. She lost an eye in a duel defending the honor of her king Philip II of Spain, (played by Scofield, who earned a BAFTA award for his portrayal of the King). Philip later jilted her to marry Mary I, the Queen of England. Subsequently, he asks Ana de Mendoza to assist him, as his popularity starts to drop off.
Shot in England and on location in Spain, the film features Cinemascope footage of the Spanish countryside and renaissance castles. That Lady was an early directorial effort by Terence Young who went on to direct three James Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball. Christopher Lee appears in a minor role as the Captain of the Guard.
The novel was also produced as a play in 1949.
I have a VHS copy that a fellow film historian made for me. Its never been released on video or DVD.
Hi Crystal – I uploaded my post a bit early… https://silverscreenings.org/2016/06/29/olivia-de-havilland-visits-the-snake-pit/
I’m really looking forward to this!
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Hey Ruth. You’re nice and early. This is actually the very first entry I’ve received, so your post will be up the top. Thanks for joining in. Can’t wait to read your entry.
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My post is up. http://psychotronicpaul.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-great-garrick-aka-countess-takes.html