Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant (Screen Classics) (Paperback)

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Legendary actress and two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020) is best known for her role as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939). She often inhabited characters who were delicate, elegant, and refined. At the same time, she was a survivor with a fierce desire to direct her own destiny on and off the screen. She won a lawsuit against Warner Bros. over a contract dispute that changed the studio contract system forever, and is also noted for her long feud with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine.

Victoria Amador utilizes extensive interviews and forty years of personal correspondence with de Havilland to present an in-depth look at the life and career of this celebrated actress, from her theatrical ambitions at a young age to becoming one of the most well-known starlets in Tinseltown. Readers are given an inside look at her love affairs with iconic cinema figures such as James Stewart and John Huston, as well as her onscreen partnership with Errol Flynn. Amador also details how de Havilland became the first woman to serve as the president of the Cannes Film Festival in 1965, and showcases how, even in her later years, she remained active but selective in film and television until 1988. A new chapter covers de Havilland's death at the age of 104 in July 2020.

Olivia de Havilland Lady Triumphant is a tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest legends -- a lady who evolved from a gentle heroine to a strong-willed, respected, and admired artist.

About the Author

Victoria Amador has taught at a number of universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, and in other countries. She is the author of The Gothic Portal: An Online Resource for Academics and Aficionados of Gothic Cultural Productions from 1976 to 2008, and a number of articles on the gothic in film and literature.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813154657
ISBN-10: 0813154650
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: November 26th, 2021
Pages: 404
Language: English
Series: Screen Classics