I’m not sure where I first saw Olivia de Havilland, but it might have been as Maid Marian in Robin Hood. She shone in her simple but gorgeous costumes, opposite Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, and Errol Flynn. Over the years, I saw many of her other films, including her beautiful performance as the compassionate Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind.
Olivia turns 104 on July 1st. In her honor, I am hosting the Olivia de Havilland Blogathon. Here is your chance to talk about her, her life, your favorite of her characters, and her many on-screen romances. Olivia charmed us for decades, broke our hearts with her cinematic deaths, and even played a villain. With 42 films to choose from, I hope you will join me in writing about her.
If you would like to contribute, comment with your chosen film(s) to get added to the list. Since this is short notice, please take one of our banners for your sidebar and spread the word – the more Olivia fans the merrier!
Thanks for participating!
- Coffee, Classics & Craziness: Robin Hood / Maid Marian
- Hamlette’s Soliloquy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match: The Dark Mirror
- The Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: To Each His Own
- Taking Up Room: Proud Rebel
- The Pale Writer: Not As A Stranger
- The Sacred in the Secular: My Cousin Rachel
- Whimsically Classic: Her Collaborations with Errol Flynn
Thanks! I’ve added it to the post and am now off to read it. 🙂
My review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is up right here. Happy birthday, Ms. de Havilland!!!!
Thanks for participating! I’ve linked to it on the main post, which goes live today at 9am Mountain Time.
I’ve been having some difficulty getting my comments through! I’d love to write about Love in the Piazza!
That would be wonderful! Please do. 🙂
Thank you for contacting me about this blogathon. I’d love to participate.
With my love of Errol Flynn, can I write about his and Olivia’s film collaborations?
That would be lovely! I’ve added you to the list. Glad to have you. 🙂
Third time trying to post this comment. Technology is not happy with me. Can I do The Dark Mirror (1946)? Thanks!
MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match
Sorry, sometimes wordpress is a pain in the butt when it comes to comments. Glad to have you! I’ve heard excellent things about this film, so I’ll be delighted to see what you say about it. 🙂
Hi! I posted a comment earlier this week but I don’t think it went through. I love Olivia de Havilland and would like to review The Dark Mirror (1946). Well, unless I have an opportunity to watch something else between now and then, haha. Thanks!
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Hi, Charity, I was just wondering if I could change my movie to “Proud Rebel”? My library is really dragging their feet, lol.
Sure. I understand. My choices will probably be dependent on what I can find online. Ha, ha.
Yep, we take what we can get these days, right? Lol. 🙂
Sadly yes. 😛
My library IS open for curbside pickup but… you have to schedule it a day ahead and I’m 24 miles away and don’t go to town often. So YouTube and Vimeo is my friend.
Gee whiz, can’t blame you there–what a pain in the neck.
Hey Charity! Thanks so much for the invite! May I please write about Not As A Stranger? I’ve been dying to see it and this gives me the perfect opportunity 😁
You’re very welcome and thanks so much for participating! I’ve added you to the list! 🙂
Thank you so much for letting me know about this blogathon! I always want to join new blogathons, since they give me topics for my 100 New Code Films articles. Olivia de Havilland is one of my favorite actresses, so I would love to participate. I would like to write about “To Each His Own.” I have been looking for a good opportunity to watch that movie.
By the way, a good way to get more visibility for your blogathon is to post it on the events page of the Classic Movie Hub.
Tiffany — excellent! I’ve added you to the list and I hope you have fun seeing one of her movies that you’ve never experienced before! Thanks also for the tip — I found it, and am joining, but the site keeps glitching and won’t send me the signup e-mail. Maybe I need to wait a few hours and check again. 😉
I definitely want to talk about her portrayal of Maid Marian!
YAAS BECAUSE THESE THINGS MUST BE TALKED ABOUT. I approve. Her Marian was FIERCE. (And fell in love in like 2 minutes, but I can’t have everything.)
This is actually perfectly timed because I’ve had Thoughts about Marian for several days and I can’t wait to share them. 🙂 I’m not sure she’s my favorite portrayal of the character, but definitely a super close second to Lucy Griffiths (BBC Robin Hood). Or maybe they’re tied…they’re both quite different. *shrugs*
I think her Marian is a bit less manipulative than Lucy’s. I didn’t love how in the new version she was deliberately leading Guy on all the time. It wasn’t nice. Whereas Olivia’s was… just herself, and very straightforward and courageous with her opinions — enough that she insulted Robin Hood to his face, without knowing anything about him. Ha, ha. I loved it.
Yeah, that’s true about Marian leading Guy on. Sometimes it was kinda necessary (to save her life) but there were also times when it was Uncalled For. 😛
I kind of think she enjoyed having power over him.
YES YES YES! Put me down for A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1935!