De Havilland, Olivia: Career–Fighting and Winning Warner Bros.

Olivia de Havilland, like Bette Davis, fought her studio Warner for better roles and better contracts, for which she was occasionally suspended.

At the end of De Havilland’s seven-year contract, Warner refused to release her, demanding that the contract be extended to include the duration of her suspensions.

De Havilland sued, winning a landmark victory with a court’s decision setting the outside limit of a player’s contract at seven years, including suspensions.

Absent from the screen for three years, Olivia De Havilland celebrated her comeback with a Best Actress Oscar for To Each His Own.