How Old Is Olivia de Havilland? The Screen Siren, Then & Now

By Karen Harris
Olivia de Havilland in a studio portrait circa 1935. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There's one screen siren left from the golden age of Hollywood. And though one should never ask it of a lady, in this case we'll make an, exception -- because you'll never believe how old she is. Olivia de Havilland, who co-starred in numerous films with Errol Flynn, and who was billed alongside Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh on the Gone With The Wind poster, is 104 years old.

A list of the stars who shared the screen with young Olivia de Havilland reads like a who's who of a long-gone glamorous era of Hollywood: Rita Hayworth (in The Strawberry Blonde, 1941), James Cagney (also in The Strawberry Blonde), Bette Davis (in In This Our Life, 1942 and Hush, Hush... Sweet Charlotte, 1964), Montgomery Clift (in The Heiress, 1949), Richard Burton (My Cousin Rachel, 1952), Robert Mitchum (in Not A Stranger, 1954), Frank Sinatra (also in Not A Stranger), Myrna Loy (in The Ambassador's Daughter, 1956)... the list goes on. She eve co-starred with future President Ronald Reagan in the Errol Flynn film Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Many actresses find that it is difficult to land roles once they age beyond the ingenue phase, but Olivia de Havilland was certainly not one of them. Although she established herself opposite Errol Flynn, and became best known for her role as the quiet and strong Melanie, rival to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, she continued acting into the '60s, '70s, and '80s, even winning a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1987 TV movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Her later films, many of them psychological thrillers, showcased her subtle, yet powerful talent. Here is how Olivia de Havilland, today a 102-year old woman, progressed as an actress from the Depression Era to the Groovy Era. 

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