Gary Lewis - IMDb Gary Lewis, Actor: Gangs of New York. Gary Lewis was born in 1958 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Gangs of New York (2002), Billy Elliot ...
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Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry ... After winning two Oscars, the Gone with the Wind actress decided to leave Los Angeles and decamp to Paris in 1955. What made her walk out? William Stadiem ...
Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry in Hollywoo Although the age of the celebrity stalker had not yet dawned the normally unflappable Olivia de Havilland could not help being discomfited by the disheveled man with the dead eyes who would not stop staring at her Fontaine Why Am I Straight It was 1957 She was at a charity ball for the costumers union at Conrad Hilton’s sparkling new hotel the Beverly Hilton This one big gala would remind her of what she was not missing in Hollywood before she boarded one of her old flame Howard Hughes’s TWA Super Constellations and made the long journey back to Paris where she had moved in 1955 Hollywood Olivia felt had changed for the worse since her glory days in the 1930s and 40s and everyone was blaming it on television America wasn’t going out anymore Its citizens were staying home and watching Gunsmoke Olivia had just wrapped a Western The Proud Rebel with her old friend Alan Ladd and his son David Petite and still perfect at five feet three Olivia then 41 was one of the few female stars whom Ladd didn’t have to stand on a soapbox to kiss Their new horse opera was a clear attempt to recapture the boxoffice magic of 1953’s Shane but television was making such feats more a labor of Hercules than even of John Ford or George Stevens But who was this creepy man who wouldn’t go away All Olivia could do was turn her back and protectively chat with her old friend William Schallert the son of the longtime drama critic of the Los Angeles Times and one of many talented character actors who had been bodysnatched to borrow a term from that paranoid era by television He would soon have several episodes of Gunsmoke to his credit “Suddenly I felt a kiss on the back of my neck” Olivia recalls She was too polite to dream of calling security “I turned around and it was that man He was gaunt His clothes didn’t fit But it was those lifeless eyes that troubled me ‘Do I know you’ I asked him ” “It’s Errol” he replied “Errol who” Olivia genuinely didn’t know And then she figured it out Errol Flynn Nearly 60 years later she remains shocked by the moment “Those eyes They used to be so glinting so full of life” she remembers “And now they were dead ” In their day Errol and Olivia had been the Fred and Ginger of action movies From 1935’s Captain Blood to 1941’s They Died with Their Boots On the Tasmanian devil and the AngloCalifornian ingénue made seven swashbuckling blockbusters They were Bogie and Bacall minus the offscreen romance Or was it really minus and not just Olivia’s legendarily discreet charm Hollywood was still discreet even in the 50s simply out of fear of the snoops and scoops of Confidential magazine There were no paparazzi allowed in Conrad’s new Hilton If they had been and they had seen Errol’s vampire kiss on Olivia’s neck how the presses would have rolled Soon the bell tolled for the dinner and everyone began filing into the grand ballroom Errol offered Olivia his arm “Can I escort you to dinner” No woman could refuse especially the woman who had contributed the most to Flynn’s romantic mystique Maid Marian to his Robin Hood So into the Hilton ballroom they strode giants of the earth reunited at last “The moment we sat down” Olivia recalls “the table filled up with seven or eight beautiful young ladies ” Inspired by the attention Errol came to life and turned on the charm “Somehow I couldn’t help myself from being increasingly enraged that Errol Flynn was paying more attention to the other ladies at the table than he was to me” Olivia says still chiding herself for letting emotions overtake her “Here I was living in Paris happily married to a wonderful Frenchman two great children Why was I having a fit of jealousy over Errol Flynn” The two icons barely spoke for the rest of the dinner “When the ball was over I said good night and left in a cab by myself” she says For the rest of her working life Olivia would appear in only 10 more feature films and would increasingly keep Hollywood at an oceanic distance Flynn would die two years later in 1959 at age 50 De Havilland and Fontaine 1940s Photograph from Photofest America’s Expat Sweetheart Olivia de Havilland told me this story when I went to see her last year in Paris a little more than a month before she turned 99 on July 1 She is the last surviving female superstar of Hollywood’s Golden Age Only Kirk Douglas six months her junior can rise to bear that banner of vanished glory Olivia doesn’t seem 99 Her face is unlined her eyes sparkling her fabled contralto soaring only Orson Welles had an equally imposing instrument her memory photographic She could easily pass for someone decades younger Is 100 the new 70 The Flynn story provides some clue to the enduring mystery of why one of Hollywood’s biggest stars would chuck it all and move to France a fallen medium a fallen idol For Olivia there was a whiff of decay and disappointment about Hollywood and the vicious relentlessly competitive sniping of her Oscarwinning sister Joan Fontaine who may have been the biggest disappointment of all After three bestactress Oscars between them wasn’t enough enough Apparently not in Hollywood where the de HavillandFontaine spat became the most notorious family feud in the town’s history For more than 60 years it has been manna for a press eager to apotheosize sibling rivalry to dark and unheroic proportions Fontaine died in December of 2013 at age 96 Then as now stars didn’t leave Hollywoodnot American stars anyway Greta Garbo and Luise Rainer were foreign Marlene Dietrich was never really there Grace Kelly traded celluloid royalty for actual royaltythanks it should be noted to Olivia’s second husband Paris Match editor Pierre Galante who inadvertently played cupid between Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco But Olivia didn’t come to Paris for a prince She came to get away She didn’t want to become a princess She wanted to be real But what could have been better than Olivia’s reality She had been America’s sweetheart since the Flynn epics and pantheonic since 1939’s Gone with the Wind a winner of two bestactress Oscars To Each His Own 1946 and The Heiress 1949 She is one of only 13 actresses in Hollywood history to accomplish this feat Who walks out on that “I loved being around real buildings real castles real churchesnot ones made of canvas” she says “There were real cobblestones Somehow the cobblestones amazed me When I would meet a prince or a duke he was a real prince a real duke ” She tells a story about flying from Paris to Algiers on the first commercial jet the De Havilland Comet with her Flynnlike cousin the famed aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland for a lunch of couscous and ceremonially slaughtered lamb Being abroad in the 50s she discovered was more interesting than being in Eisenhower’s America especially with Olivia’s level of access Not that Olivia was fleeing to join the nouvelle vague French cinema was indeed the cutting edge The great films that were being made were being made in Europe and in 1965 Olivia became the first woman to helm the jury at the Cannes Film Festival But she notes without being abashed “I never met Godard I never met Truffaut I never met Brigitte Bardot ” What was Paris without that Just fine Olivia asserts Her Paris was always Voltaire Monet Rodinnot Belmondo not Delon not even Chanel We met at the Saint James Paris a châteaulike hotel once part of an eponymous clubby global chain where she was staying while her own maison a block away was undergoing repairs That circa1880 town housewhere she has lived since June of 1958may be about the safest address in an increasingly jittery Paris former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing lives next door and there’s roundtheclock security Olivia greeted me and as spry as a Himalayan Sherpa from more than five decades of climbing the five stories of her town house led me up the Saint James’s answer to Gone with the Wind’s Tara staircase to her grand suite The bed’s antique headboard featured Adam and Eve cavorting in Eden A crisp assistant arrived with Veuve Clicquot and macarons from Ladurée Olivia was dressed all in beige a silk blouse and proper skirt with matching ballet slippers On subsequent days she would mix it up wearing a slinky black silk Chinese cheongsam worthy of Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express Olivia’s one nod to glamour was her jewelry a triple strand of pearls and her striking earrings a gold whorl with a pearl at the center that evoked the hypnotic image Salvador Dalí designed for Spellbound Full ScreenPhotos 114 Olivia de Havilland’s Life in Photos Stardom and Sibling Rivalry Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland By Ellen Graham Fontaine and de Havilland at the 14th Academy Awards where Fontaine won best actress for Suspicion 1942 Photograph by Bob Beermanmptvimages com Digital Colorization by Impact Digital Errol Flynn and de Havilland while filming Dodge City 1939 From the Everett Collection James Stewart and de Havilland 1938 John Swope Trustmptvimages com Digital Colorization by Lee Ruelle De Havilland and Fontaine 1940s Photograph from Photofest De Havilland and Countess Jacqueline de Ribes learn a Greek dance on Santorini 1955 Photograph from A P Images Vivien Leigh de Havilland and Leslie Howard in Gone with the Wind 1939 © MGMPhotofest Rex Harrison and de Havilland at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival where she helmed the jury By Claude AzoulayParis MatchScoop Olivia de Havilland relaxes at her home in Beverly Hills 1942 Photograph by Bob LandryThe LIFE Picture CollectionGetty Images Digital Colorization by Impact Digital De Havilland with husband Pierre Galante and an unidentified man greets Grace Kelly at the Cannes rail station 1955 By Edward Quinn© edwardquinn com Laurence Olivier far right Leigh second from right and David O Selznick third from right with de Havilland at the 1940 Academy Awards Courtesy of The Margaret Herrick Library Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences De Havilland John Huston and Bette Davis while filming In This Our Life 1942 © Warner Bros PicturesPhotofest Digitial Colorization by Lee Ruelle The sisters at a party at the Voisin restaurant in New York City 1962 From the Everett Collection De Havilland photographed at her home in Paris by Annie Leibovitz 1998 Photograph by Annie LeibovitzTrunk Archive ‘I wasn’t American at all” Olivia says getting right down to deconstructing the myth of her as the girl next door from Saratoga California in the Santa Clara Valley the “prune capital of America” now part of Silicon Valley She was born in Tokyo on July 1 1916 the daughter of English parents “I was naturalized right before Pearl Harbor” she says citing the date November 28 1941 “Nine days later I would have been classified as an enemy alien I might have been sent to a camp ” Her father though not a solicitor himself ran a firm of 20 patent lawyers Her mother was a choral teacher and occasional actress whose shining moment had been taking part in a command performance in Tokyo for the visiting Duke of Connaught “Mummy never told me until much later” Olivia says “She didn’t want me to know she had actually worked professionally as opposed to the amateur theatricals I had been aware of ” Amateur acting was fine Professional well had overtones of a fallen woman But the thespian gene ran in the family and once it was unleashed Olivia could not suppress it “When I was five I discovered a secret box that contained Mummy’s stage makeup It was like finding buried treasure I tried the rouge the eye shadow the lipstick But I couldn’t get the rouge off Mummy spanked me terribly ‘Never do this again’ she yelled at me and ordered me never to tell my sibling ” The sibling in question was Joan Olivia’s baby sister 15 months younger to whom Olivia has been famously referring if at all as anonymously as possible for decades They would grow up to be the only sisters to win bestactress Oscars But before there was any inkling of a feud the two were as cuddly and affectionate as any two siblings could be Olivia recounted how she adored playing big sister Joan she says would climb into bed with her and “put her little head on my shoulder and ask me to tell her a story ” Olivia would spin fairy tales about rabbits and other creatures that riveted Joan who was perhaps the first beneficiary of Olivia’s lifelong talent for animal imitations Even today she loves causing a stir in dogfriendly Paris temples of gastronomy by driving the gourmet hounds to riot with her sotto voce barks and growls “Joan was sick and so depressed” Olivia says “The thing she loved most was her patentleather cat which somehow had lost its voice When you squeezed it used to meow but it broke So I began meowing when Joan squeezed the cat and she loved it and got better She was so darling with these adorable freckles on her nose and a ducktail of blond hair cute as a button ” The two girls were taken to California by Mrs de Havilland as toddlers when their parents’ marriage started coming apart Their father would stay in Japan and eventually marry his housekeeper Notwithstanding her globe hopping Mrs de Havilland remained properly English to the core When Olivia wanted to know why Mummy insisted she and Joan sound British Mummy’s answer was simple “Because we are British” Olivia’s “cahn’t”s and “shahn’t”s initially got her a lot of playground abuse but eventually all her classmates began imitating her To balance her image as Miss Propriety Olivia became the class prankster specializing naturally in a wide range of animal imitations “I started with turkeys and donkeys and worked my way on to horses dogs and cats I was quite good” she confesses All that perfect elocution paid off when Olivia the star of the student theatricals was discovered by an associate of the émigré Austrian impresario Max Reinhardt who needed an understudy for the heroine Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl in 1934 Warner Bros made A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a film the next year with Olivia Dick Powell James Cagney and Mickey RooneyOlivia’s big break Jack Warner fixed on the 18yearold actress as the new ingénue in his stock company of players Olivia the brainy A student still looks back with regret about forgoing her coveted admission to Mills College the Wellesley of the West By 1938 Olivia at 22 had become a huge star thanks to her pairings with Flynn in Captain Blood and The Charge of the Light Brigade At 98 pounds she was also anorexic before anyone called it that Mother and daughter came up with a diagnosis of Hollywooditis “I wouldn’t wish overnight success on anyone” Olivia says the pain of the recollection not dulled by time “You have no real friends Everyone works endless hours at different studios so far apart Even on your own lot relationships were formal and often competitive ” Olivia lets out a sigh “Jiminy Crickets” she says one of her favorite refrains Mummy had the cure get out of the celluloid Sodom and go to England Joan remained in California working tirelessly to catch up with her sister notably snagging a small part in George Cukor’s The Women Neither girl had ever been to their parents’ homeland Mummy and Olivia sailed on the Normandie “the most beautiful ship in the world” Olivia says in the spring of 1938 Unfortunately Sodom had long arms Although the trip was supposed to be a secret Jack Warner tolerated no secrets Like many of the old moguls he was a control freak with the mentality of a plantation overlordhence his whitecolumned Dixieesque manse in Beverly Hills The latest and destined to be the biggest Flynnde Havilland pairing The Adventures of Robin Hood was about to be released How perfect that Olivia would be there in the land of Sherwood Forest to do publicity Accordingly a phalanx of press greeted the homecoming Anglos on the pier at Southampton The de Havillands were saved by a kindly purser who escorted them off the ship via steerage Olivia hid in a ladies’ room until the press train took the thwarted reporters back to Fleet Street In London the 45yearold Mary Pickford who had also been on the ship denounced the young star’s behavior as “unprofessional” and “regrettable ” Olivia regretted nothing She and Mummy enjoyed a wonderful grand tour of all of English lit’s shrines In StratforduponAvon Olivia attended two plays every day reminding herself that she too had begun her career as a Shakespearean actress and dreaming that she would become one again But in the end Olivia ever the good girl and team player did the right thing by Warner She installed herself at the Savoy and invited the press to call upon her “ ‘I’m all yours’ I told them and this time they were so grateful they were adorable to me” Olivia says She returned to America on the Normandie still 98 pounds but rested and with a perspective on the “reality” she craved The Adventures of Robin Hood was a monster hit all over the world It wasand isimpossible to imagine Maid Marian without thinking instantly of Olivia de Havilland Life with Melanie ‘I didn’t identify with Melanie when I first read the book” Olivia says of her most famous role in Gone with the Wind She had read Margaret Mitchell’s book when it was first published in 1936 and had not been impressed “But when I read Sidney Howard’s wonderful script Melanie seemed like a totally different character” she says “In the book we saw her through Scarlett’s eyes which created a negative impression In the film the audience sees her through their own unbiased eyes Now with the script I liked her I admired her I loved her” Even so she still dismisses any attempt to equate her with Melanie Hamilton The woman who masterminded her own career “Mummy was my guardian” she points out “not my manager” dated Howard Hughes and John Huston flew a plane and broke the back of the studio system in her seminal 1944 lawsuit which freed actors from perpetual contract bondage is no Goody TwoShoes even if she was never a heller in high heels The hard part was not so much getting the role but getting Jack Warner to agree to lend her out to David O Selznick “Selznick had seen me in Robin Hood and thought I should be considered One day George Cukor called out of the blue and said ‘You don’t know me but would you be interested in playing in Gone with the Wind’ Naturally I said a big yes and then he whispered into the phone ‘Would you consider doing something illegal’ It was all very cloakanddagger ” Olivia drove her green Buick to the MGM lot but parked on the street Then following Cukor’s elaborate directions she proceeded on foot to a secret glass door A man was waiting and he took Olivia to Cukor’s office where she read for him “Wait” Cukor said when she had finished He dialed Selznick “You should hear Miss de Havilland read for Melanie ” A date was set for the coming Sunday at three o’clock Olivia drove herself to Selznick’s Southern Colonial mansion on Summit Drive in Beverly Hills “I wore a demure black velvet afternoon dress with lace cuffs and a round lace collar” Olivia recalls “We sat in this huge room in a bay window The scene was between Melanie and Scarlett and George read Scarlett With his kinky hair and his rotund body and his thick spectacles he was the most ridiculous Scarlett you could imagine And he read with such drama clutching the curtains It was so comical I found it hard to keep a straight face ” Afterward Selznick said “I guess we have to talk to Jack Warner ” Selznick did talk to Warner to no avail So then Olivia talked to him to even less “Jack said no No He said ‘If you want to play anything why Melanie and not Scarlett’ But it didn’t matter He wasn’t going to loan me out No was no ” But Olivia wasn’t one to accept nos She decided to go over Jack’s head and appeal to his wife Ann who was the only person in show business who could conceivably turn him around “Ann was a beautiful slim woman in her 30s whom I had barely met I invited her for tea at the Beverly Hills branch of the Brown Derby I had never taken anyone to tea before ” At the tea Ann seemed to understand what a huge project this was and that it could only enhance Olivia’s value to Warner Bros in the long run She promised to help and she did “I think we have you” Olivia recalls Selznick saying in his greenlight call to her Vivien Leigh de Havilland and Leslie Howard in Gone with the Wind 1939 © MGMPhotofest Olivia talks about one of her favorite scenes from Gone with the Wind the one in which Rhett Butler feels responsible for Scarlett’s miscarriage and breaks down in tears Clark Gable cry No way “You can do it and you will be wonderful” Olivia exhorted Gable “It worked And he was wonderful ” Olivia admits that despite her many teary roles her “tears didn’t photograph They just didn’t show up on film They were constantly blowing menthol in my eyes ” The stakes were high for all involved and the pressure was intense Leigh Gable and Olivia would try to defuse the tension by playing Battleship during the endless camera setups required by the new Technicolor process Victor Fleming meanwhile had taken over from Cukor as director To liven things up the supposedly saintly Olivia adored playing devilish practical jokes One scene had Gable picking Olivia up On what it was hoped would be the last of a multiple series of exhausting takes Olivia had a propman secretly strap her to an immovable lighting fixture Poor Gable nearly had a hernia He couldn’t budge her The set went wild in what was the biggest laugh in a very serious shoot one in which everyone was aware that an epic was being created If the stakes were high so were the rewards On Oscar night February 29 1940 David O Selznick gave a small preparty at his house Olivia who didn’t have a formal date was glad to be going in this gilt pack which included the film’s chief financier John Hay “Jock” Whitney who had escorted Olivia to the premiere in Hollywood “He and David made the oddest couple” Olivia says of this unlikely alliance between patrician Wall Street and nouveau Hollywood The other guests were Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier who would marry later that year Selznick’s wife Irene and Robert Benchley the Vanity Fair and New Yorker wit During drinks the phone rang It was an advance tip on who the winners were “David picked it up and he intoned a list of names ‘Er yes Vivien Victor Hattie’ ” Olivia recalls “My heart sank David who was clearly the happiest man on earth rushed Jock Vivien and Larry into a waiting limo and left right away Nobody said a word to me It was up to Irene to take the losermeand Robert Benchley to the Cocoanut Grove where the event was I was crestfallen ” Like Olivia Gable was nominated but lost At the ceremony Irene Olivia and Benchley were relegated to a little table away from the glorious high table where Selznick had assembled his team of winners except for Hattie McDaniel who had initially sat alone with her black companion whom Olivia refers to as “her fellow ” Then Selznick decided it would look better for Hattie to be part of a larger group “David moved them to a ‘mixed’ table I think they were happier where they had been No one uttered a word of condolence to me I tried to do the English thing stiff upper lip But when Irene saw one single tear sliding down my cheek she rushed me into the hotel kitchen Next to this steaming cauldron of soup I cried my eyes out That soup turned out saltier than the chef had planned I went home in one of David’s limos All I could do was think to myself There is no God ” After two weeks of misery Olivia woke up to an epiphany “My whole perspective changed I realized why it was destined that I lose I was nominated as best supporting actress but that was the wrong category I wasn’t ‘supporting ’ I was the star too That was just a ploy by David on behalf of Vivien Hattie was supporting and she was the best Plus it was wonderful that she should win Once I understood the system I didn’t feel horrible at all There was a God after all ” That God would smile on Olivia in the decade ahead with two bestactress statuettes not to mention two New York Film Critics Circle bestactress awards plus countless other accolades Nonetheless she had seen up close and personal how cruel Hollywood could be The seeds of her eventual departure for Paris were watered by the tears she shed on Oscar night in 1940 On to Paris There were offscreen heartbreaks as well Olivia admits to having been crazy about Flynn notwithstanding his adolescent penchant for pranks like planting a dead snake in her pantaloons But Flynn was married She was also very taken with Howard Hughes on whom she developed a crush when she saw him dancing with Dolores Del Rio at the Trocadero on Sunset Boulevard one evening in 1939 Olivia was doing Wings of the Navy a propaganda film that along with her family connection to British aviation gave her and airobsessed Hughes common ground Hughes’s courtship was anything but consistent He might take Olivia bowling one night fly her to Santa Barbara for hamburgers the next and then put on the dog wining and dining her at Victor Hugo one of the era’s temples of chic Hughes had a fondness for classy refined types and Olivia was there to fill the void left when Katharine Hepburn dubbed boxoffice poison went back East while she regrouped for her comeback in The Philadelphia Story Olivia speaks admiringly of Hepburn’s resurrection “She had left town quite defeated The industry was confused by what I would call her New England pride Howard called it arrogance ” Hepburn loved to fly as did Olivia who also earned a pilot’s license Olivia’s passion for flight ignited by Hughes was perpetuated by James Stewart the future airforce brigadier general who seriously dated Olivia in the early 40s until he was called to war The man she may have fallen hardest for was John Huston whose second feature assignment was the tall order of directing Olivia and Bette Davis in 1942’s In This Our Life The two stars played rival sisters competing viciously in love and lifeclose to home for Olivia Although Davis after Greta Garbo was the female star Olivia admired most Davis did anything but return the esteem In the first of the four films they made together the 1937 comedy It’s Love I’m After Davis’s first take on Olivia’s acting was the insulting “What is she doing” So now it took Huston to play peacemaker explaining to Davis that her impossible love for the married director William Wyler and Olivia’s impossible love for Huston then locked in marriage to Lesley Black made them two dames at sea on the same sinking ship The analogy did the job The stars bonded over their frustrations and became friends for life eventually aging out of romantic leads into the Grand Guignol of 1964’s Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte It is perhaps another commentary on her dim view of the business that the two men she married were neither stars nor moguls but writers Marcus Aurelius Goodrichwhom Olivia married in 1946 and divorced in 1952was a Texan who was best known for his World War I battleship novel Delilah With him Olivia had a son Benjamin Goodrich who died in 1991 of Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 41 And then there was Pierre Galante who in addition to his Paris Match duties also wrote military histories including Valkyrie the basis for the 2008 Tom Cruise movie which Olivia says she did not see Olivia and Pierre met the first time Olivia set foot in France in April of 1952 when she came as a guest of the Cannes Film Festival That year An American in Paris opened the event whose awards were dominated by Marlon Brando’s Viva Zapata and Orson Welles’s Othello Olivia had initially refused because the festival denied her request for a second airline ticket assuming Frenchstyle it was for her lover When she let them know it was for her small son Benjamin the festival relented Hundreds of photographers turned out at Orly airport to greet her She was escorted by her agent Kurt Frings and by a silent little Frenchman who later turned garrulous on her Galante The first words out of his mouth were “Austrian wine is better than French wine ” He never drank a drop Then he dared to hold her hand in a taxi from a lunch at La Colombe d’Or The relentless journalist followed her to London and then to L A and then got her invited on one of society promoter Elsa Maxwell’s titlestudded yacht cruises of the Greek Isles They wed in 1955 In Paris the following year Olivia and Pierre had a daughter Gisele She would grow up to be a journalist covering for Paris Match the glittering circuit that her mother had lost interest in With a Parisian husband and a newborn daughter Olivia never looked back The sisters at a party at the Voisin restaurant in New York City 1962 From the Everett Collection Sister vs Sister The unmentionable sibling the elephant in any room with Olivia de Havilland Olivia who can have a wickedly understated wit doesn’t believe in getting dramatic about it but she still refers to Joan’s 1978 autobiography No Bed of Roses as “No Shred of Truth ” True to her meticulous ways she has compiled an annotated rebuttal to what she sees as the book’s discrepancies and misrepresentations which is ready to go whenever she might sit still enough to write her own memoirs But for the record Olivia wants the world to know that she doesn’t look back in anger only affection “I loved her so much as a child” Olivia says wistfully Ever the lady she has steadfastly refused to discuss her sister or their relationship since the 1950s Not so Joan In a 1978 interview with Peoplea forceful blast of sua culpa meant to publicize No Bed of RosesJoan flatly contradicted Olivia’s recollection of sibling tenderness saying “I regret that I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood ” As Olivia tells it the sisterly love began to evaporate when Olivia and Joan hit six and five respectively and began taking art lessons from a teacher who had a swimming pool on her estate One day on a study break Joan who was playing in the pool beckoned to her sister grabbed her by the ankle and tried to pull her in “She had never been rambunctious like that before so it took me completely unaware” says Olivia who as the Gablehernia affair demonstrates certainly had her own rambunctious streak Olivia was stronger than Joan suspected so instead of pulling her big sister in Joan ended up chipping her collarbone on the pool ledge and had to wear a cast Olivia was punished for the incident and her pool privileges were revoked This moment of child’s play Olivia says became the genesis of cinema’s greatest sibling feud In her memoir Joan situated the story a decade later when she was 16 and Olivia 17 as if maturity would underscore the malignity of what she characterized as her sister’s intentional and dastardly deed As the girls got older Joan’s anger and physicality as Olivia tells it only increased Joan would slap her face time after time with Olivia turning the other cheek When Olivia could take no more she would pull Joan’s hair and epic hairy tugsofwar would ensue Olivia concedes that Joanwho liked to complain that Olivia was an alltooavid believer in the rights of primogenitureresented wearing Olivia’s handmedown dresses and shoes she would deliberately step on Olivia’s heels when following her up the stairs In her People jeremiad Joan turned Baby Jane on her sister claiming that Olivia would terrorize her by reading the Crucifixion story from the Bible aloud “Our biggest problem was that we had to share a room” Olivia says with a sigh citing a cause that has launched countless sibling rivalries She describes how Joan discovered she shared her sister’s gift for mimicry and began torturing her Olivia couldn’t stand the maddening echoes and complained to Mummy who advised her to call Joan “copycat” every time she repeated what Olivia said “Copycat” Joan echoed her For once Mrs de Havilland was at a loss for words The bickering sisters’ new stepfather a local departmentstore manager named George Fontaine didn’t rely on words He was a dictatorial disciplinarian whom Olivia still calls the Iron Duke and he liked to beat the battling siblings Fontaine gave them a choice of punishmentsa tablespoon of codliver oil which would make them throw up or a whacking on the shins with a wooden clothes hanger Once when Olivia amassed 22 bruises on her legs a staffer at her school intervened and warned Fontaine to cease and desist It didn’t work Instead of bonding against their common enemy the sisters liked nothing more than to entrap each other in one of Fontaine’s thrashings At dinner Olivia would make faces that would force her sister to laugh and spit out her milk leaving Joan to face Fontaine’s wrath Mrs de Havilland was ill for much of this period often away in a San Francisco hospital which left the girls without a protector The two of them eventually reached the painful conclusion that it was time to get out of Saratoga Olivia escaped into dramatics Joan escaped even farther to Japan going to live with her father and his new wife in 1933 She attended an Englishlanguage high school in a Tokyo suburb and returned to California in 1934 only to find her big sister and sparring partner on the verge of stardom “Joan came with Mummy to opening night of Dream at the San Francisco Opera House” Olivia says “I didn’t even recognize her She had bleached hair She was smoking She was no longer my younger sister I advised her to go to Los Gatos High School and graduate Fontaine Why Am I Straight ‘I don’t want to’ she told me defiantly ‘I want to do what you are doing ’ ” It was as if Joan were clairvoyant knowing how big Olivia would become before she actually got there By the same token Joan seemed possessed with the thought that she too could have the same success Olivia had no idea where A Midsummer Night’s Dream might take her But when it did take her to Hollywood she offered to use some of her new Warner Bros contract money to pay for Joan’s tuition at Katharine Branson a prep school for Bay Area debutantes seeking Nob Hill husbands Again Joan refused “I want to do what you’re doing” she insisted “I suppose the way I saw it then” Olivia recalls “was that I wanted Hollywood as my domain and I wanted San Francisco society to be hers I thought San Francisco was superior I really didthe art the opera the clubs the balls I thought the sophistication Joan gained from her time in Japan made her perfectly suited for high society But she wasn’t the slightest bit interested ‘I want to do what you are doing’ was her mantra ” Olivia was perplexed by the little sister’s insistence that she had to follow the big sister’s hardearned career path but she finally buckled to Joan’s intransigence Yet she drew the line at sharing her name in Hollywood “I gave her examples of younger sisters who changed their names and had the best careers” Olivia says “Loretta Young and Sally Blane for instance I even offered her an incentive Change your name and you can come to Hollywood and live with me and Mummy who was moving down to be my guardian because I was not yet of age But she wouldn’t budge She wanted to do it exactly as I was doing it all by herself ” Soon enough a clairvoyant accomplished what Olivia had failed at At a party at the house of British actor Brian Aherne a licensed pilot whom Olivia had dated a fortuneteller predicted that Joan would enjoy no success until she used a stage name It needed to have eight letters and start with F There she had it right from her abusive stepfather The fortuneteller also predicted that Joan would marry the host Right again despite the 15year age difference At first Olivia did her best to help Joan make Fontaine a household name of its own In the middle of filming Gone with the Wind David O Selznick decided once again to try to spring Olivia from Jack Warner to make Rebecca with Laurence Olivier Again Warner refused Selznick decided it was easier to switch than fight “Would you mind if I take your sister” Selznick asked Olivia “She’s perfect ” “He was very elegant about it” Olivia says with resignation about Hollywood realpolitik “I was losing a brilliant part but O K ” Olivia does her best to rationalize her loss “She was really better for it than I was She was blonde Larry was brunette ” Rebeccadirected by Alfred Hitchcock a noted aficionado of blondesled to Joan’s first bestactress nomination The next year 1941 she got another one for Suspicion also directed by Hitchcock She won beating her sister who had been nominated for Hold Back the Dawn Joan and Olivia were sitting at the same table when Joan’s name was announced As Joan wrote in No Bed of Roses “All the animus we’d felt toward each other as children the hairpullings the savage wrestling matches the time Olivia fractured my collarbone all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery My paralysis was total ” This was the only time a Hitchcock actor or actress would ever win an Oscar The moment launched global headlines about “the war of the star sisters ” Just as the sisters were reaching new levels of stardom the tabloid and gossip press was at its cattiest This was the era of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons Much hay would be made of Olivia and Joan’s supposed spat at the 1947 Oscars when Joan claimed that Oliviawho had won best actress for To Each His Ownnastily spurned her congratulations Olivia might have been justified given Joan’s famously bitchy remark not long before about Olivia’s new husband Marcus Goodrich “All I know about him is that he’s had four wives and written one book Too bad it’s not the other way around ” It didn’t helpboth on a personal level and in terms of the prying pressthat the sisters’ personal styles were so entirely different “Joan had a lot of dash that men admired immensely” Olivia says Among Joan’s highprofile romances were Prince Aly Khan Adlai Stevenson and in another toocloseforcomfort chapter Howard Hughes Olivia on the other hand was never a staple of the society pages and she knew it “I’m a simple person” Olivia says “I don’t have the flair dash and style of Joan ” The following decade when Olivia decamped to Paris and the sisters’ careers began to simmer down the columnists themselves becoming obsolete mostly left the two alone Establishing their own nonHollywood fiefdomsOlivia in Paris Joan in Manhattanthey settled into a wary détente But when Mrs de Havilland got sick with cancer in 1975 her final illness produced a new and vicious contretemps as to who was the most devoted child While Joan was on the road with Cactus Flower Olivia and her daughter Gisele stayed by Mummy’s side helping prepare her passage to what according to Olivia her mother rosily described as “the upcoming celestial cocktail party a reunion with everyone she loved complete with martinis ” She dressed her 88yearold mother up gave her pedicures and beauty treatments read to her from the Book of Common Prayer and kept her spirits high until the end “I called her the Last Empress of China” Olivia says still missing her today In No Bed of Roses Joan wrote of attending Mummy’s memorial service at a little country theater near Saratoga and exchanging no words with Olivia With the book’s publication in 1978 Joan settled this score most viciously in interviews calling the funeral the sisters’ “final schism ” As ever Olivia kept quiet De Havilland photographed at her home in Paris by Annie Leibovitz 1998 Photograph by Annie LeibovitzTrunk Archive Love Laughter and Light Although she remains an American citizen Olivia has made a big impression on her adopted country French president Nicolas Sarkozy when he awarded her the Légion d’Honneur in 2010 gushed that he couldn’t believe he was in the presence of Melanie Most Americans never equated Olivia de Havilland with smoldering sexuality but here in France things were always different Pascal Négré an old classmate of Gisele Galante’s found his friend’s mother sexy in the most understated but powerful way “She told this story of how she rejected John F Kennedy when he was in Hollywood visiting Robert Stack after his PT109 service days” he says “She said she was too busy and had to rehearse Poor J F K ” In her 60plus years in Paris Olivia has developed a huge network of friends many of whom are connected to the American Cathedral on the Avenue George V where her readings of the Scriptures on Christmas and Easter have become annual events Several years ago she auctioned her huge teddybear collection given to her by her friend the actress Ida Lupino to restore the church’s grand façade She is an honorary lifetime trustee at the American Library and has received an honorary degree in humane letters from the American University in Paris where she helped settle a bitter student strike in the antiVietnam War 70s After a long separation Olivia and Pierre divorced in 1979 and he died in Paris in 1998 In 1999 the journalist and author Emily Lodge along with Lee Huebner the former publisher of the International Herald Tribune and his wife Berna gave a huge Gone with the Wind party in her honor at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the film “Her toast‘Let us raise a mint julep to our stars on that great veranda in the sky’was typical of Olivia’s unique way with words” Berna Huebner says “No star is more brilliant ” Olivia narrated Eric Ellena and Berna’s affecting documentary about art as Alzheimer’s therapy I Remember Better When I Paint in 2009 her most recent film credit but hardly one she would ever acknowledge to be her last Olivia attributes her amazingly healthy longevity to “the three L’slove laughter and light ” She does the Times crossword puzzle every day a passion she developed as a teenager and looks at every pain or symptom as a mystery to be solved and conquered not a harbinger of doom No one on earth is more positive A lot of her precepts for perpetual health are those she learned in Camp Fire Girls where her name was Thunderbird She told her French doctor she plans to live to 110 which explains why she has been in no rush to write her memoirs A terrific writer she authored a memorable tribute to her friend Mickey Rooney in Time in 2014 that was a masterpiece of focused and powerful emotion remembrance and regret Her bookshould she write itcould be the last and best word on the Hollywood that to this day she epitomizes It might also offer the closing chapter on the OliviaJoan saga They were finally reunited Olivia says out of public view with help from time’s winged chariot and their shared religious roots Olivia was always mindful of her paternal grandfather an Anglican priest in Guernsey as well as her mother’s abiding faith in an afterlife “Joan didn’t keep that faith” Olivia recalls “and I had dropped mine as well Until my son’s illness So when Joan was at a low ebb I tried to explain to her how the Church had come back to mean a great deal to me Despite what I call her ‘genuine disbelief’ she joined Saint Thomas”the Episcopal church on Fifth Avenue in New York Joan had once baited Olivia by telling an interviewer “I got married first got an Academy Award first had a child first If I die she’ll be furious because again I’ll have got there first” Olivia’s official statement that she was “shocked and saddened” when Joan “got there first” in December of 2013 belies a deep and enduring grief that no veteranthespian façade can fully conceal She remains as busy as ever At our last meeting she was in the midst of writing a thankyou address to last year’s Cannes Film Festival which honored her Jane Fonda and producer Megan Ellison Then she led me out to the Saint James’s grand stairwell atrium and did five sprightly laps around its perimeter “One hundred ten” she exulted her plus10 version of the Italian toast “Cent’anni ” As a goingaway gift she offered me those Spellbound earrings that I had admired to give to my mother who shares her exact birthday and has been a fan for 80 years Then she asked me cryptically if I love Paris At my inevitable affirmative she presented me with a magnificent coffeetable book on the vanished glories of the city “We’ll always have Paris” Olivia said bidding farewell with a wink to classic Hollywood and to her glorious liberation from it To read more from Vanity Fair’s Sisters Issue click here Get Vanity Fair’s HWD Newsletter Sign up for essential industry and award news from Hollywood Email Address Full ScreenPhotos 123 My Sister My Self The McCartneys Waterhouses Kirkes and More Shot for Vanity Fair’s Sisters Portfolio KIDADA & RASHIDA JONES BIRTH ORDER Kidada 42 Rashida 40 HOMETOWN Los Angeles OCCUPATIONS Kidada “Designer author creative director ” Rashida “Actress writer producer ”WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Kidada “Music childhood sense of humor the 90s and respecting our very different personalities ” Rashida “Music 90s memories our parents ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Kidada “Philosophies of life ” Rashida “Communication approach to life ”WHO’S BOSSIER Kidada “She would say me and I think it’s her but in reality we are probably equally bossy ” Rashida “We are both bossy in different ways Although Kidada does call me ‘Baby Boss ’”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Kidada “My sister is focused and practical and grounded ” Rashida “She is a true original ” Photo Photograph by Jason Bell in an Aston Martin at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City California LOLA DOMINO & JEMIMA KIRKE BIRTH ORDER Domino 33 Jemima 31 Lola 25 HOMETOWN N Y C ANY BROTHERS “Gregory He’s a legend ”OCCUPATIONS Domino “Musician doulabirth educator ” Jemima artist actor Lola actor writer WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Domino “Good music reproductive rights motherhood Tshirts childhood ” Jemima “Our mutual frustration with our parents Also songs ” Lola “How annoyed we are at the other sister how talented they are ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Domino “Motherhood parents Tshirts food boyfriends ” Jemima “How selfish they both are compared to me ” Lola “With Dominowhat she said she would do and then how she didn’t With Jemimawhat I said I would do how I did it but how for some reason she still thinks I didn’t ”WHO’S THE ALPHA SISTER Jemima “We’re all alphas ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Domino “They keep me sane make me laugh and smell good ” Photo Photographed by Jason Bell at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia California KIDADA & RASHIDA JONES BIRTH ORDER Kidada 42 Rashida 40 HOMETOWN Los Angeles OCCUPATIONS Kidada “Designer author creative director ” Rashida “Actress writer producer ”WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Kidada “Music childhood sense of humor the 90s and respecting our very different personalities ” Rashida “Music 90s memories our parents ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Kidada “Philosophies of life ” Rashida “Communication approach to life ”WHO’S BOSSIER Kidada “She would say me and I think it’s her but in reality we are probably equally bossy ” Rashida “We are both bossy in different ways Although Kidada does call me ‘Baby Boss ’”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Kidada “My sister is focused and practical and grounded ” Rashida “She is a true original ” Photograph by Jason Bell in an Aston Martin at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City California SIENNA & SAVANNAH MILLER BIRTH ORDER Savannah 37 Sienna 34 HOMETOWNS Savannah Stroud England Sienna London OCCUPATIONS Savannah fashion designer Sienna actress WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Savannah “Our wonky family motherhood and everything ” Sienna “Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Savannah “Who is going to cook ” Sienna “We both have a tendency to be selfcritical and fight when we feel the need to defend the other from herself ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Savannah “She is my voice of reason my confidante and the ultimate friend She never fails to entertain and amuse me and is the most loyal and constant thing in my life In short she is my other half ” Sienna “She is the most steadfast loyal and loving creature on the planet She is elegant and funny and resilient I love her like nothing else We share a heart ” Photographed by Julian Broad outside the Portobello Hotel in London LOLA DOMINO & JEMIMA KIRKE BIRTH ORDER Domino 33 Jemima 31 Lola 25 HOMETOWN N Y C ANY BROTHERS “Gregory He’s a legend ”OCCUPATIONS Domino “Musician doulabirth educator ” Jemima artist actor Lola actor writer WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Domino “Good music reproductive rights motherhood Tshirts childhood ” Jemima “Our mutual frustration with our parents Also songs ” Lola “How annoyed we are at the other sister how talented they are ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Domino “Motherhood parents Tshirts food boyfriends ” Jemima “How selfish they both are compared to me ” Lola “With Dominowhat she said she would do and then how she didn’t With Jemimawhat I said I would do how I did it but how for some reason she still thinks I didn’t ”WHO’S THE ALPHA SISTER Jemima “We’re all alphas ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Domino “They keep me sane make me laugh and smell good ” Photographed by Jason Bell at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia California RUMER SCOUT & TALLULAH WILLIS BIRTH ORDER Rumer 27 Scout 24 Tallulah 22 HOMETOWN Sun Valley Idaho OCCUPATIONS Rumer actor singer dancer Scout musician designer Tallulah illustrator WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Tallulah “There’s this shared camaraderie that they are the only two human beings who have had the same experience with the same parents as you ” Scout “We have a certain souldeep connection that forms the main axis around which my life spins ” Rumer “We almost have a secret language that we share and we can make each other laugh like no one else can ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Tallulah “Even when I garble out half a sentence they still know exactly what I’m saying ” Rumer “They continually inspire me every day to be the best version of myself ” Scout “They are my safety net as well as the trampoline that launches me into uncharted territory ” Photographed by Williams & Hirakawa on a 1951 Chevy Fleetline at Club Ed in Lancaster California Williams sisters Tennis champions Venus 35 and Serena 34 By Damon WinterThe New York TimesRedux Jagger sisters Models Lizzy 32 and Georgia May 24 By Yelena YemchukTrunk Archive Knowles sisters Musicians Beyoncé 34 and Solange 29 From Camera PressRedux MADDI SUKI & IMOGEN WATERHOUSE BIRTH ORDER Suki 24 Imogen 21 Maddi 16 HOMETOWN London ANY BROTHERS Maddi’s twin Charlie OCCUPATIONS Suki actor Imogen actor model Maddi student model WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Suki “Talking about our parents ” Imogen “Funny things we have in common ” Maddi “Music clothes dancing singing movies ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Suki “I used to fight with Immy about borrowing my clothes but now she has things I like to borrow so it’s a collective wardrobe ” Imogen “When they eat my food ” Maddi “Clothes”WHO’S BOSSIEST Suki “Imogen She keeps me in line ” Imogen “Probably me ” Maddi “Me ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Suki “Immy can go anywhere and make people laugh Maddi is a badass ” Imogen “We are genuine friends ” Maddi “Everything ” Photograph by Jason Bell at Sunbeam Studios in London Obama sisters First daughters Malia 17 and Sasha 14 By Carlos BarriaReuters Miller sisters Pia Getty 49 H R H Princess MarieChantal of Greece 47 and Alexandra Von Fürstenberg 43 Photographed by Herb RittsTrunk Archive1995 Mara sisters Actresses Rooney 31 and Kate 33 By Gabriel BouysAFPGetty Images ANNE SUSAN & JANET WOJCICKI BIRTH ORDER Susan 47 Janet 46 Anne 42 HOMETOWNS Susan Palo Alto Janet San Francisco Anne Stanford OCCUPATIONS Susan C E O YouTube Janet associate professor pediatrics U C S F Anne C E O 23andMe WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Susan “Hair ” Janet “Discussions about our parents’ idiosyncrasies ” Anne “The experience of growing up surrounded by particle physicists And our hair ”FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING TO BORROW FROM YOUR SISTER Anne “I stole a sweater from Janet back in high school and I have been hiding it in my closet for over 20 years now”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Susan “They are my best friends ” Janet “They are inspiring fun and luckily both have a great sense of humor” Anne “I just love being with them ” Photograph by Douglas Friedman on the Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco IRENE & LYDIA FORTE BIRTH ORDER Lydia 29 Irene 27 HOMETOWN London ANY BROTHERS “Charles He’s the youngest ”OCCUPATIONS Lydia bar and restaurant development at Rocco Forte Hotels Irene training and product development at Rocco Forte Hotels WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER “We chat about work mainly discuss and compare clothes and the interior design of our flats And of course boys And our mother ”WHO’S BOSSIER Irene “Lydia Definitely ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Lydia “She’s the person I can share everything with ” Irene “I can go to her for advice on anything I really do look up to her ” Photographed by Mary McCartney in the Kipling Suite at Brown’s Hotel in London Jenner sisters Models and socialmedia icons Kendall 20 and Kylie 18 By Chris CarlsonA P Images Herrera sisters Carolina Herrera fashion executives Carolina Herrera De Baez 46 and Patricia Herrera Lansing 43 © Hannah Thomson Hadid sisters Models Bella 19 and Gigi 21 From BauerGriffinsplashnews com JANE & AERIN LAUDER BIRTH ORDER Aerin 46 Jane 42 HOMETOWN New York OCCUPATIONS Aerin style and image director at Estée Lauder and founder and creative director of Aerin Jane global brand president Clinique WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Aerin “Family memories fun dinners and beauty ” Jane “Our parents fashion and beauty ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Aerin “We barely fight but since I am the older sister I always used to tell her the party was at my Barbie house” Jane “Since she is older she can be bossy but her advice is usually good so I tend to forgive her”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Aerin “Her dedication passion and strength ” Jane “She is the funniest person I know She is fiercely loyal and always supports me ” Photograph by Claiborne Swanson Frank at the Neue Galerie in New York City ESTE DANIELLE & ALANA HAIM BIRTH ORDER Este 30 Danielle 27 Alana 24 HOMETOWN Valley Village California OCCUPATIONS Este “Bass player rump shaker ” Danielle “Guitar player song slayer ” Alana “Klutz by day musician by night ”WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Este “We all have a strong love of dancing ” Danielle “It might sound a bit obvious but music really did bring us together ” Alana “Spending hours at Tower Records trying to oneup each other on who could find the best albums ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Este “What the best Bowie album is ” Danielle “Who gets to sit shotgun ” Alana “Who gets first dibs on whatever Danielle brings home from the vintage store ”WHO’S BOSSIEST Alana “We are each individually badass bosses ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTERS Este “They’re the two funniest people I know and we have each other’s back no matter what ” Danielle “Sister telepathy ” Alana “Having builtin best friends ” Photograph by Lauren Dukoff in Altadena California TAMERA & TIA MOWRY BIRTH ORDER Tamera is two minutes older 36 HOMETOWNS Tamera Los Angeles Tia Gelnhausen Germany ANY BROTHERS Tahj and Tavior OCCUPATIONS Tamera talkshow host The Real producer actress Tia actress author executive producer entrepreneur WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Tamera “Our children ” Tia “We both work really hard to keep our character and integrity intact in Hollywood ”WHAT DO YOU FIGHT OVER Tamera “To be heard and understood ” Tia “Being misunderstood Sometimes our differences can get in the way We may look alike but we are very different ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Tamera “Her drive to achieve anything she wants ” Tia “I admire her patience and faith in God ” Photograph by Jason Bell at Smashbox Studios in Culver City California Mulleavy sisters Rodarte founders Laura 35 and Kate 37 By Autumn de Wilde ESTHER & BELLA FREUD BIRTH ORDER Bella 55 Esther 53 HOMETOWN London ANY BROTHERS “Quite a few beloved halfbrothers ” OCCUPATIONS Bella fashion designer Esther writer WHAT DO YOU BOND OVER Bella “Our view of the world solving our problems being scathing ” Esther “Pretty much everything ”DID YOU SHARE A BEDROOM Bella “Yes Luckily for me Esther told me stories every night ” Esther “Bella always got the top bunk ”WHO’S THE ALPHA SISTER Bella “I threatened the bullies ” Esther “I like stepping back into her glamorous shadow ”BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Bella “She is always the person I want to talk to mostshe is so funny and tells the best stories Whenever anything interesting happens I want to tell Esther She’s the person I trust most in the world her company is the best I can think of It’s always been that way ” Esther “Her incredible wisdom and support I can’t imagine my life without her ” Photograph by Julian Broad at Bella Freud’s house in London MARY & STELLA McCARTNEY BIRTH ORDER Mary 46 Stella 44 HOMETOWN London OCCUPATIONS Mary art photographer Stella fashion designer BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SISTER Mary “So many of my childhood memories star my little sis smiling goofing pushing each other around falling out making up We understand each other we are there for each otherI would be lost without her ” Stella “Mary is more like a twin to me than an older sister All my life she has been by my side I can share everything with her without being judged Between her and me we make 100 percent of our mum and that makes my heart warm She is my best friend ” Photograph by Mary McCartney in London Middleton sisters H R H the Duchess of Cambridge 34 and Pippa Middleton 32 By Anwar Hussein© Wenn Ltd Alamy