Name: Olivia Mary de Havilland
Born: July 1, 1916
Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 1, 1916. She is the daughter of Walter de Havilland, a university English professor, and Lillian Fontaine, a stage actress. She has one sister, Joan (deceased).
She attended Los Gatos High School, and later studied at Notre Dame Convent. Olivia also accepted a scholarship to enroll at Mills College in Oklahoma.
Olivia was in relationships with some of Hollywood’s biggest names: Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, John Huston, and James Stewart. She would eventually marry author Marcus Goodrich, but they divorced in 1953. She would later marry magazine executive Pierre Galante, who died in 1998. Olivia had two children: Gisele and Benjamin. She currently splits her time in Paris, Saratoga, and Tokyo.
Olivia first became interested in acting in high school, where she participated in stage plays. Despite her father’s objections, Olivia would venture forward in the world of acting, starring in numerous William Shakespeare productions, which helped her break into Hollywood.
She would make her motion picture debut in 1935, when she appeared in a wide array of films, such as “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “The Irish in Us.” In that same year, she landed her big break by starring in the smash hit “Captain Blood.” It wouldn’t be until 1938 that Olivia would become a household name for her role in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”
After several forgettable comedies, Olivia would co-star in the legendary classic film “Gone with the Wind.” Proving to be a critically-acclaimed actress and box office heavyweight, Olivia would go on to star in numerous other important films, like “They Died with Their Boots On,” “In This Our Life,” “To Each His Own,” “The Dark Mirror,” “The Snake Pit,” “The Heiress,” “Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte.”
Despite her legendary status, Olivia would transition to television, appearing in many TV films and series. Perhaps disappointed by the path her career took – even though she had enormous successes – she retired in 1989.
She won three Academy Awards, two New York Film Critics Choice Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. Olivia was also honored with a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a National Medal of Arts.
Olivia recently made headlines for filing a lawsuit against FX for the way she was portrayed in the series “Feud: Bette and Joan.” The case went to trial in November 2017.
We estimate that Olivia de Havilland’s net worth is $20 million (2017).
So how much is $20 million really?
$20 million can purchase the rights to a large bulk of classic Hollywood motion pictures. $20 million can also host multiple classic film festivals from all over the world.