Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine's Feud - Hollywood's Famous Sibling RivalryAt almost , Olivia de Havilland has had many milestones—a plus-year career, roles in 49 films, and two best actress Oscars—and now, another: She recently became the oldest woman ever to receive damehood , the feminine form of knighthood bestowed by the British Monarch, for her services to drama. Though the Gone With the Wind actress's achievements are many, she's equally well known for drama in her personal life, specifically her nearly lifelong feud with Joan Fontaine, her younger sister by 15 months. Like millions of sisters before and after them, Olivia and Joan's fighting began with the childhood bedroom they shared. Olivia told Vanity Fair it was their "biggest problem. Later, Joan learned to get under Olivia's skin by mimicking every word she said, even repeating Olivia's admonishment that she was a "copycat. Their family environment didn't help.
Olivia de Havilland talks about her sister Joan Fontaine - "Feud"
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine: Twisted Sisters: To Each Her Own
Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine were born 15 months apart Joan was younger and both found success as actresses in Hollywood's Golden Age. But instead of bringing them together, these similarities exacerbated a rivalry that sprang up in childhood and lasted a lifetime. Yet even though they were rivals who became estranged, Olivia and Joan managed to respect and even admire each other — in a feud, you always care what the other is up to, of course. Olivia and Joan didn't get along as children. Joan felt Olivia was favored by their mother and resented losing attention due to the arrival of a younger sibling. Olivia once said, "Our biggest problem was that we had to share a room. Joane also accused Olivia of tearing up her outgrown clothes because she didn't want them to go to her younger sister, and also of breaking Fontaine's collarbone when she tried to pull her older sister into a swimming pool.
A candid portrait of the lives and careers of actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine traces their lifelong competition and jealousy for each other. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Dell Publishing Company. Condition: New.
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