Tom Stipanowich for Los Angeles Times: “Olivia de Havilland: The actress who took on the studio system and won”

July 1, 2016 — Olivia de Havilland, the film actress and star of Gone with the Wind, celebrates her 100th birthday today. To mark the occasion, the Los Angeles Times has published an op-ed by Pepperdine Law professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, entitled “Olivia de Havilland: The actress who took on the studio system and won.”  Professor Stipanowich interviewed de Havilland in her Paris home in the course of researching a book on actor-studio disputes in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

From “Olivia de Havilland: The actress who took on the studio system and won”

Olivia de Havilland celebrates her 100th birthday on July 1. She occupies a storied place in Hollywood legend, not only as “Gone with the Wind’s” Melanie Wilkes, but also as Errol Flynn’s eight-time screen partner, winner of two Academy Awards and sister, and rival, of another famed actress, Joan Fontaine. Less well known is her historic role in De Havilland vs. Warner Bros. Pictures, a landmark lawsuit that altered the business of Hollywood forever.

Read more at latimes.com.

 

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