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Olivia de Havilland who is now 101 years old had a successful career in Hollywood. The two-time Oscar winner who retired from acting about three decades ago became the oldest person ever to be appointed “Dame Commander” when she attended Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
Olivia is the last surviving cast member from the 1939 award winning film, “Gone with the Wind.” Off screen, she was romanced by the likes of Jimmy Stewart, John Huston, and Howard Hughes and turned down the advances of John F Kennedy. She won two best actress Oscars in her overall career spanning six decades with 49 feature films of which many are considered to be classics.
Dame Olivia, born to British parents in Tokyo, is also famous for the feud with her younger sister starlet Joan Fontaine, who took the surname of her mother’s second husband.
Both sisters had refused to speak to each other for 38 years up to Miss Fontaine’s death, aged 96, in 2013. Both of them remain the only siblings to have won the major Oscars till now.
At the age of 23, Olivia picked up her first Oscar nomination for her role as Melanie Hamilton, sister-in-law of protagonist Scarlett O’Hara played by Miss Leigh. She was also famous for her work with Errol Flynn on films including The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). She then won her two best actress Oscars for romantic drama To Each His Own in the 1946 and The Heiress in 1949.
Olivia became the oldest person ever to receive the honor following which she told People Magazine that she is extremely proud of this achievement. “To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches near is the most gratifying birthday present,” Olivia said in an interview.