Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
In Olivia de Havilland and the Golden age of Hollywood, Olivia comes across as practical, down to earth, and hard-working, but also extremely introverted and shy. She “lived in the moment,” since the “past is gone, and the future is unknown.” Olivia focused on maintaining a daily schedule full of diverse sensory activities (tennis, horseback riding, exercising, dancing) and in tackling new film projects from a serious perspective. She preferred professionalism to ‘antics’ on set, which is why she did not like Errol Flynn while filming many of their films together, despite feeling a sexual attraction to him (he was constantly pranking her, drinking, and according to her, ‘being unprofessional’). After she got married, she focused more on being a good mother than on her career, telling the press that she wanted to spend time at home and raise her children. Olivia also turned down marriage proposals and didn’t date men that she felt were irresponsible or unwilling to settle down; though she really liked Jimmy Stewart, she didn’t feel like he was ready to give up his life of being a bachelor, and said it felt like he treated it as a ‘business transaction’ (emotionless) when dating Howard Hughes. She would frequently turn down roles if she felt the motivations were off, or the character was flat and uninteresting (“I can’t understand what they want”). Olivia was an incredibly physical actress, who would watch others doing things and learn to do it by copying them, and who would do take after take with the same levels of enthusiasm even if it took hours of running up and down stairs. She had a sharp tongue and sometimes would tell off producers, directors, and costars for unprofessional behavior. Though she felt responsible to her fans and costars, Olivia was also not above asserting herself decisively – she would slap lawsuits on anything she did not like, well up into the final years of her life. Her most impressive one was against her studio, which changed the entire structure of whether giant studios could ‘own’ movie stars going forward; she challenged their right to force her to take roles she hated, just to meet their roster, and pay her less for them (this also allowed Jimmy Steward and Clark Gable to renegotiate their contracts after they returned from WWII). She also sued, in more recent years, the producers of the television show Feud for misrepresenting her character in their fictionalized personification of her (“they made me into a gossip, and I was/am not”). She was quiet private about her feelings and her personal life; she never shared them with the press, even when she felt resentment toward her sister, Joan Fontaine, for stealing away parts and boyfriends. Olivia admitted that her sister was much more ‘intuitive… and always right,’ whereas she did not guess about things. She also wasn’t good at reading between the lines; she never assumed Errol Flynn’s infantile tactics on set were an attempt to get her attention or flirt with her, and instead assumed he was just being immature or disliked her. It took her many years to get past Bette Davis’ hard exterior and see that they could be friends. And she sometimes had poor judgment in her romantic relationships, even though she put many of them aside in favor of her career (saying that she was here to work, not to find a boyfriend – Te).
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Olivia was all about boundaries – establishing them and living by them. She prioritized being professional and appropriate at her work, and was not above telling off other people for misbehaving on set (one time, she took a bottle away from a costar and lectured him about ‘drinking’ on set). It offended her deeply to be misquoted or misrepresented in the press, and she would take measures against it by releasing other statements, or in some cases, suing for libel. With Feud, she did not want people to think her a gossip, because she prided herself on not being one. She repressed her anger toward her sister and their rivalry, denying that any of it was her fault (feuding with a family member would be ‘bad’) but also not speaking to her for months at a time. Olivia also felt a need to be responsible and set a good example to others, while being a very generous and loving woman toward those in need. She would sometimes run herself ragged to care for others who needed her (including her sister, when Joan fell ill). She yearned for and searched for love, though she always made sure it was in the “appropriate” place (she would not date most of her costars, and would never act on her sexual desires with a married man). Though she felt an intense attraction at first to Errol Flynn, she considered him off-limits due to him being married at the time.