In July 2019 Dame Olivia de Havilland reached an astonishing 103 years old. And the Golden Age great can also boast of having possessed a glittering Hollywood career – one that encapsulates not only more than half a century’s work, but also two Academy Award wins. But the actress’ remarkable achievements have arguably been eclipsed by her turbulent relationship with younger sister and fellow Oscar winner Joan Fontaine.
Even as young girls, future stars de Havilland and Fontaine quarreled. And although it’s said that the sisters attempted reconciliation multiple times, a spat in 1975 reportedly kept them apart forever. In fact, even after Fontaine’s death in 2013, de Havilland filed a lawsuit that related to their lifelong struggle to get along. So, where did it all begin?