Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland

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The chapter on renovating their newly purchased house in Paris...is hilarious. I wish the book was longer but what there is is delightful.
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Back in print for the first time in decades—and featuring a new interview with the author, in celebration of her centennial birthday—the delectable escapades of Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, who fell in love with a Frenchman—and 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.”


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Olivia de Havilland

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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.
Author Residence: Paris, France
Author Hometown: Saratoga, California
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 146 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction
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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jayne on Jun 29 2016

The chapter on renovating their newly purchased house in Paris...is hilarious. I wish the book was longer but what there is is delightful.

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Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Jul 03 2016

This slim book is a light-hearted but also penetrating look at adjusting to French life, written more than half a century ago in the happy throes of a marriage that would end in divorce just before its silver wedding, although the couple remained close. Long out of print, we are lucky enough to have it published anew...

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