I will be in the neighborhood? Olivia deHavilland!

09 Sep

Jan van der Vliet shares a note he got from Olivia deHavilland’s secretary back in 2010 when he was going to Paris on a trip and thought: why not write to Olivia and see if he could stop by … knowing his chance were slim to none she would say yes, he wrote a nice letter and received this reply:


Thanks for sharing, Jan!

— David DeWitt


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  1. shangheinz

    September 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for daring, Jan!

  2. Don Jan

    September 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Wouldn’t it be grand talking to the great Olivia about Errol? Would be the highlight of my life!

    • Tim

      September 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Here’s hearing from you, Don Jan.

      Congratulations, you’ll always have this letter from Paris.

      Emily’s now a full-fledged veterinarian in Colorado, in case you’re ever going West, Jan Man.

      Dame de Havilland has been in vogue for many years, of course, but here’s a specific instance of her being in Vogue in the early Sixties, speaking, often “pince-sans-rire” (those French have a word for everything) of her life in Paris. Maybe you can memorize her all her humorous observations of France for if you do ever meet her, Jan!… %1$s&ampshare=

    • Tim

      September 13, 2019 at 4:25 am

      Well, Don Jan, you’ll always have (the envelope and letter from) Paris:…