Mail Bag! Olivia deHavilland PRINCESS O’ROURKE!

25 Jul

From Karl Holmberg:

“Generally considered the film that caused Olivia de Havilland to sue Warner Brothers over contract rights. She won the lawsuit, resulting in California Labor Code Section 2855, informally known as the “De Havilland Law”.”

Gotta wonder if “Chas” (an Oscar winner for that year!) didn’t also help that along a little…

(According to Piper Laurie in her memoirs (Learning To Love Out Loud), Charles Coburn loved pinching women’s bottoms. It was for him like a tic. Every female under one hundred and five had to move fast around.)

PRINCESS O’ROURKE, Olivia de Havilland, 1943

— David DeWitt


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    July 26, 2019 at 6:07 am

    After all the sponging those greedy-bastard movieland moguls did off of her and others, Miss Olivia Mary de Havilland sure made them take a bath:…

    From Princess O’Rourke:…


    1. Despite the erroneous legal citation, “de Havilland” (as we all know here on the EFB) has two ‘L’s, not one. Perhaps she had the ‘L’ beat out of her in Hollywood for a spell, but not in the California Supreme Court.

    2. Olivia may have been forced to take a bath in Princess O’Rourke, but one benefit was that it made it much more difficult for the correct-named Mr. Coburn to pinch her bottom.