One of Hollywood’s true survivors, Olivia de Havilland, celebrates her 100th birthday on Friday, July 1, but it’s her fans who will receive the gifts of her talents as an actress and a writer.
Turner Classic Movies will screen de Havilland’s movies — 39 in all — Friday nights in July, including her eight pairings with Errol Flynn and her Oscar-winning turns in “To Each His Own” (1946) and “The Heiress” (1949). Also on tap will be three other Oscar-nominated performances: as Melanie Hamilton in “Gone With the Wind” (1939); “Hold Back the Dawn” (1941), for which she lost the best actress award to her sister, Joan Fontaine, for “Suspicion”; and the gripping “The Snake Pit” (1948), in which she played a mental patient.
After watching her films, curl up with de Havilland’s amusing 1962 memoir, “Every Frenchman Has One,” which Crown Archetype reissues on Tuesday, June 28. De Havilland, who has lived in Paris since 1953, serves up a series of vignettes about adjusting to her life in the City of Light, from shopping for clothes to reading a thermometer (which was in degrees Celsius) to take her son’s temperature.
Incidentally, the title does not refer to having a mistress. If you want to know what it is that every Frenchman has, you’ll have to read the book.