Tarry for the Nonce

November 7, 2005

Memorializing Melanie and Maid Marian

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 11:28 am

I love Olivia de Havilland, mostly because she reminds me so much of my grandmother.

She is going to be honored by the Acadmeny of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences next summer.

The sister to Joan Fontaine has received many accolades:

Olivia de Havilland, the great star of a platoon of Hollywood’s finest including “Gone With the Wind,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Heiress” and “The Snake Pit,” all of which regularly and prominently show up on “best of” and “favorite movie” lists, has certainly had her share of prestigious awards through the years: Oscars (1946, 1949), Golden Globes (1949, 1986), back-to-back best actress wins from the New York Film Critics Circle (1948, 1949) and a best actress prize at the Venice film fest (1948) among them . . .

Making appearances at salutes and prize parties is something she has always kept to a minimum, but this invitation from the Academy is one that came with perfect timing. It’ll be happening in the city where her career began, taking place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills just two weeks before her 90th birthday.

I’ve avoided the Oscars ever since Titanic won best picture in 1997, but I might tune in for this one.


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