Olivia de Havilland’s Audacious Lawsuit Against Warner Brothers Changed Hollywood’s Studio System Forever

Olivia de HavillandDespite being one of the biggest stars of her time, Olivia de Havilland found herself in 1943 pitched in a bitter legal battle with her studio, Warner Brothers, when they arbitrarily added six months to her contract to cover time she had spent on suspension. Her decision to fight the studio broke all convention and ended up changing her and Hollywood forever. Continue reading “Olivia de Havilland’s Audacious Lawsuit Against Warner Brothers Changed Hollywood’s Studio System Forever”

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How Olivia de Havilland changed Hollywood

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”

How Olivia de Havilland changed Hollywood

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”