Olivia de Havilland
Legendary Leading Lady
Jack Warner utterly refused to lend me for Melanie. He wouldn't hear of it. I even went to call on him and begged him. He said no, he wouldn't do it. He would not lend me to Selznick to play the part of Melanie. I was desperate, and I did something, age 22, that really was not correct, but I did it. I called Mrs. Warner, who had been an actress, a lovely, lovely woman -- Ann Alvarado was her name before she met Jack -- and I told her that I would very much like to see her, and would she be kind enough to have tea with me at the Brown Derby, and she said, "Yes." Well, we met. It was raining. I remember that. The Brown Derby, I think, no longer exists. It's a terrible thing that they tore that down. I explained to her how much the part meant to me, and I said, "Would you help me?" She said, "I understand you, and I will help you," and it was through her that Jack eventually agreed, and he says so in his biography. It was Ann who did it. Isn't this wonderful? And finally arrangements were made, an agreement between Selznick and Warner. Selznick had a one-picture commitment with Jimmy Stewart. So he loaned -- he gave up that. He gave that over to Jack Warner who needed him for a film and took me in exchange.
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