The actress won an Oscar in 1950 for The Heiress, by William Wyler (Ben-Hur), to be seen again at 8:55 p.m.
In July 2020, following the death ofOlivia de havilland, in Paris, at the age of 104, Arte programmed The Heiress, who in 1949 offered her her second Oscar for best actress, since she had already been honored with a golden statuette for To each his own destiny, in 1946. Tonight, the channel is rebroadcasting this cult film, followed by a new documentary on the actress entitled Olivia de Havilland, the rebellious, and already visible on Arte.TV.
Gone with the Wind actress Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104
The last leading figure in the Hollywood Golden Age, she was famous for her roles opposite Errol Flynn in the 1930s and 1940s (Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Fantastic Charge…), and of course Gone with the wind (1939).
Directed by William Wyler (best known for Ben-hur) with Montgomery Clift (As long as there are men, The Misfits…) and Ralph Richardson (Long journey into the night, Doctor Zhivago…), The heirs is inspired by the novel Washington square, by Henry James, whose theatrical adaptation was a great success in the mid-1940s. The author depicts the cruelty of family relations within New York high society at the end of the 19th century by following the young Catherine (Olivia de Havilland), daughter of a wealthy and tyrannical doctor who tries to prevent her from marrying the man of her dreams. The actress is unrecognizable, ugly to interpret this shy and clumsy young woman with an ungrateful physique. A shame for the actress who symbolized so much Hollywood glamor! Embodying this young girl who stands up to her father was close to the heart of the actress, who had loved the play on Broadway and herself initiated the project: it was she who proposed to the director to adapt it to the big screen. . Interested, he then shared this idea with the leaders of Paramount.
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