Local news angle:
Olivia de Havilland dies at 104; South Bay-raised star appeared in ‘Gone With the Wind’
Olivia de Havilland — born in Tokyo in 1916 — and her sister, Joan Fontaine, had come as toddlers to San Francisco, then San Jose and finally Saratoga after World War I. The Fontaines’ two-story Tudor Revival home on La Paloma Avenue in Saratoga where Olivia and Joan grew up still stands, Annette Stansky, president of the Saratoga Historical Foundation board, said Sunday. It was designed in 1923 by Andrew. P. Hill Jr., the son of the renowned San Jose photographer and California landscape painter who has a South Bay high school named after him. Although the daughters moved away by the mid-1930s to make movies, Lilian Fontaine kept the residence until 1959, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
At Los Gatos High, Ms. de Havilland debated for her school, wrote for its newspaper and yearbook, played on the field hockey team, and acted in drama club performances. “It says something about the schools and opportunity that existed at that time,” Stansky said. “Olivia got one of her first breaks here in Saratoga when she was in a local play.” In her senior year, she roomed at the Saratoga Inn and at school earned a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland.
She never made it to Mills. Under the tutelage of Dorothea Johnston, who operated the Theater of the Glade behind the Saratoga Inn, Ms. de Havilland showed she had more than a little theater potential. Producer Max Reinhardt heard her read and signed her to be Hermia in the 1934 Hollywood Bowl production of the Shakespeare fantasy, then for the 1935 film version produced at Warner Bros.
Ms. de Havilland's childhood home in Saratoga today: https://www.google.com/maps/place/20250+La+Pa...
Los Gatos High School (front view hasn't changed much since the 1930s): https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-121.9...