The legendary Olivia de Havilland passed away yesterday. She was 104. Olivia made a powerful impact in my life and I had the pleasure to spend some time with her in Paris. I thanked her for her bravery and shared how her choices affected me and my brother and gave us opportunities to fight for our creative freedom.
She was a class act. I still have the kind and thoughtful letters she wrote me in longhand on beautiful blue stationery. They were of another era.
Here’s an excerpt from an interview I did some time ago...
We discovered that, despite having sold millions of records, not only were we not going to get paid a penny by our record company, but we were also millions and millions of dollars in debt. We educated ourselves and found out that in California there's a specific labor law which states that you can't be bound to a contract for more than seven years. At that time we were signed for nine years. So we used that labor law as a major source of leverage in our battle. It is called the De Havilland Law and was put into place thanks to the bravery of Olivia De Havilland in the 1940s.
I ended up meeting with her in Paris, and we had a wonderful time together. I got to thank her for fighting the system back then so I could battle it now. It was amazing to meet her – she's a legend. We made a movie about our fight, it’s called Artifact.
Miss you ????
Watching the sunset last summer halfway around the world on one of the best tours of our lives. So grateful. ????
What a wild world ???? Can’t wait to see you all again.
Where should our first show be after this madness ends? I see a lot of countries raising their hand below...winner takes all!
This experienced changed my life.
Hard to put it into words but I will forever be grateful for the poetry of Hubert Selby and the genius of my good friend @darrenaronofsky.
The stories we could tell...
Ps. I remember this exact moment like it was yesterday. Darren and Matty and I all crammed into a taxi and stole this shot as a pick up at the very end of shooting. I had started to gain weight again and was feeling excited about wrapping up when Darren called and said I need you to have an emotional breakdown in the back of a car. ???????? Incredible how time flies. Let’s enjoy it while we can. ????????????
Congrats to my brilliant friend and brother from another mother @alessandro_michele who put together a visionary show today.
He took advantage of this challenging time around the world by using it as an opportunity to create a beautifully layered film that showcases the @gucci family who are often behind the scenes helping to make it all possible.
He calls it #gucciepilogue and there’s so much more story to be told.
Join us for the next #JaredLetoCinemaClub tomorrow with a viewing party of @freesolofilm for the 3 year anniversary of @alexhonnold’s free solo of El Cap.
Tweetalong & Instagram Live post show with @alexhonnold & @jimmychin ????????♂️
Press play @ 1PM PT: @hulu & @disneyplus