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[Tidbits] Jewels of Olivia de Haviland's Sister

Two quick statements:

First–I know I’m dating myself when I speak of Olivia de Haviland
with a familiarity which would seem to indicate that I think
everyone alive knows who she is.

Second–I also know I’m being a tad presumptuous in thinking that
most folks who know Olivia de Haviland do not know … as I did not
… that this other actress --perhaps even more famous than Ms.
Haviland–was her sister.

Ah … much better. Glad I got that off my chest. Shall we proceed?
Did I say Happy Thanksgiving to you all?

She was born Joan de Beauvoir de Haviland in Tokyo, Japan and came to
the United States with her mother and sister when she was a child.
She studied music, drama, painting, and ballet.

She had brief parts in films with such greats as Katherine Hepburn
and Joan Crawford and then decided … following the most advanced
scientific methods … under the advisement of a fortune-teller ,
to change her name. Which she did … choosing the name by which we
all know her today.

During her years in Hollywood our collector of beautiful jewelry made
over 45 films such as Jane Eyre, Tender Is The Night, Suspicion, and
many more. It was for this last film by Hitchcock that she won an
Academy Award … making her the youngest leading lady at that time
to win that coveted prize.

Lest you think she was only an actress or a jewelry collector … I
am here to tell you she was more. She was on the board of the Motion
Picture Welfare Trust Fund … and even more impressive … she a
recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.

So … who is she … what is her name? Oh Benjamin … you cruel
thing … do not keep us in suspense for even another instant … we

Well … if you folks are going to prithee me … I will not refuse.
Her name … for those who do not already know … was Joan Fontiane
… and she had some quite striking pieces of jewelry.

Oh what to choose what to choose? One potato … two potato …
three potato … four … I choose … the … Wing Clip!

They are made of … engraved gold pav?d in platinum with 84 round
diamonds. Total diamond weight: Approximately 2.00 carats with two
pear-shaped pink topaz in center. Alas … it’s unsigned … but
quite interesting.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says: Wings …
where you’ll see an image of a pav?d Wing Clip.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark

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