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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: or by contacting Phyllis at 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.

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In The Good Old Days Of Classic HollywoodOlivia de Havilland life story and The Heiress ( 1949 )

Phyllis Loves Classic MoviesTBA

Back To Golden DaysThe Heiress ( 1949 )

Pop Culture Reverie: To Each His Own ( 1946 )

Moon In Gemini: Gone With The Wind ( 1939 )

Hamlette’s SoliloquyThe 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 ScreeningsThe Snake Pit ( 1948 )

Critica RetroThe Strawberry Blonde ( 1941 )

B Noir Detour: Dark Mirror ( 1946 )

The Cinematic Frontier: Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte ( 1964 )



  1. Marc Leslie Kagan

    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.


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