THE REMARKABLE OLIVIA

I had just come back home from a motorcycle ride. I checked my Social Media and saw this text from a friend.
My heart quickened and sunk… my eyes welled up…my throat tightened and swallowed hot tears.
Mere longevity doesn’t give you respect. It’s what she did with it. She lived a life of quiet dignity…raised two children. She was a successful working actress. Her peers awarded her with their highest honors. I feel she always held her destiny in her own hands.
She was a star when my father was a boy and he’s 92 now. She had strength onscreen without being a volcano. She was a real beauty without packaging it in a sweater, sarong or peek-a-boo bangs. She played many different types with human believability.
Although a thing is inevitable, it doesn’t make it hurt any less. My heart hurts.
Olivia de Havilland — watching you in movies has been a very gracious thing indeed.
Olivia documentary:

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10 thoughts on “THE REMARKABLE OLIVIA

    • This along with the passing of Doris Day was rough news for us classic film fans all over. de Havilland was a fine actress. I watched some of her films on TCM for their Summer Under the Stars series…she commands the screen in a quiet way

      I’m sorry I’ve been MIA here at my own blog. I got the chance to write movie essays thanks to the
      CLASSIC MOVIE HUB and TCM’s TUMBLR site. They have been publishing my work and paying me for what I write. So I’ve been concentrating on that for now. Don’t have any time for any blogathons either. Trying to make a go at being a paid writer. You can click on those two sites to see what I’ve been up to.

      Thank you for sticking with me. I’ll never give up ‘my couch’ even I’ve been outta the house for a bit. Thanks

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    • Hi Carol!! How’re you and Kate faring during this pandemic? de Havilland was really wonderful. Did so much in a quiet way. “THE HEIRESS”?? A very well-deserved Oscar for this performance ( “He came back with the same lies…” ) This was a big loss. Stay well over there in your neck of the woods. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Maddy. It was hard to express what she meant to me, but I know that I wasn’t alone. She fought City Hall and won, keeping her fellow actors from becoming indentured servants to the studios. Ack! This hurts. Hope you’re doing well Maddy!!

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  1. A lovely and heartfelt tribute to a woman who meant so much to so many. We will watch her performances, listen to her musical voice, and get lost in her sweet face, and we will forget that she has left us.

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    • Oh Paddy…you’ve said it all. And so much better than me. Just watched her TCM’s Summer Under the Stars this Sunday ( August 23rd ) and it was great hearing her voice waft throughout my apartment. She was compelling to watch. Hope all’s well with you and yours.

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