Every Frenchman Has One

Every Frenchman Has One

by Olivia de Havilland


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Back in print for the first time in decadesand featuring a new interview with the author, in celebration of her centennial birthdaythe delectable escapades of Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, who fell in love with a Frenchmanand then became a Parisian
In 1953, Olivia de Havilland—already an Academy Award-winning actress for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress—became the heroine of her own real-life love affair. She married a Frenchman, moved to Paris, and planted her standard on the Left Bank of the River Seine. It has been fluttering on both Left and Right Banks with considerable joy and gaiety from that moment on.

Still, her transition from Hollywood celebrity to parisienne was anything but easy. And in Every Frenchman Has One, her skirmishes with French customs, French maids, French salesladies, French holidays, French law, French doctors, and above all, the French language, are here set forth in a delightful and amusing memoir of her early years in the “City of Light.”

Paraphrasing Caesar, Ms. de Havilland says, “I came. I saw. I was conquered.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451497390
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 266,312
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Olivia de Havilland began her film career at the age of eighteen playing Hermia in Max Reinhardt’s motion picture presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her films have included The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind, The Snake Pit, and Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte. Over the course of her esteemed career, she has won two Academy Awards (for her leading roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress), as well as two New York Critics Awards, two Golden Globes, and a National Board of Review Award. In 2008 she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010, the French Legion of Honour. She lives in Paris.

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Every Frenchman Has One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lindianajones More than 1 year ago
When you read a celebrity memoir you really have no idea what to expect. Some of them come across as preachy while some of them are so vague you are left scratching your head. But once in awhile one will come across where it feels like you are just having a conversation with the celebrity and this holds so true when reading "Every Frenchman Has One" by Olivia de Havilland. Ms de Havilland moved to France when she was middle aged and still lives there. She turned 100 this year! And her engaging memoir which is in reprint from its original publication 50 years ago, is still fun to read. It deals with an American in Paris in a way I am sure is still at least partially true today. This book was an easy read, light, playful and fun! And the binding on the hardcover is adorable! You'll want to leave it out, without the dust cover, for guests to admire this "cute little book" I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE BY OLIVIA DEHAVILAND Olivia DeHaviland has been one of my favorite actresses for forever. Her account of her stay in France is interesting and some parts funny. The differences between America and France are mind boggling. The account she have of traffic there and not being able to travel by one’s self and not be harassed was scary. Her friend from America who went to get her hair done by a famous French hairstylist, who didn’t understand English, and didn’t know what hairstyle she wanted, end up cutting off her hair, which is not what she wanted. Take a trip with Olivia DeHaviland and enjoy the wonders of France. I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.