Despite Olivia de Havilland’s outstanding success at the box office, her studio, Warner Brothers, arbitrarily decided in 1943 to add six months to her contract to cover time that she had spent on suspension.
Olivia decided to fight the decision and even though Bette Davis had failed to have a similar extension overturned in the courts in the 1930s, she successfully sued the studio in 1943, with the support the Screen Actors Guild.
The case put a limit of seven years on a performer’s contract and became known as the ‘de Havilland decision’. Her success with the case won her great praise from her fellow actors, however, Warner Brothers decided never to put her in one of their films again. Continue reading “How Olivia de Havilland changed Hollywood”