Born in Japan and installed in California in her teens with her British parents and younger sister, future actress, Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland signed a contract with Warner Bros. Pictures in 1935 and featured in her first notable film Captain Blood, in 1936, opposite Errol Flynn. The acting pair became one of Hollywood's most popular and charismatic on-screen couple even though they never engaged a romantic relationship in real life, and they went on to be united in seven other films including The Adventures of Robin Hood. The actress was the ultimate demure ingénue, the 'damsel in distress' character had become her trademark on-screen persona, a figure epitomized by her role as Melanie, Scarlett O'Hara's best friend in Gone with the Wind, in 1939. Olivia de Havilland rapidly grew frustrated to be only offered the roles of the costumed girls-next-door and was irritated to find out the studio had extended her contract without consulting her. She therefore sued Warner Bros. Pictures, in 1941 and eventually won the case. The decision was one of the most important lawsuits of Hollywood: it gave actors more freedom and is now referred as the 'de Havilland law.' Olivia de Havilland then started playing carefully-chosen, more serious and unglamorous roles such as The Snake Pit, in 1948 and The Heiress, in 1949. From the 1950s, her career declined and she decided to move to Paris enjoying the city's postwar energy and fleeing a decaying Hollywood overshadowed by television she harshly considered was 'crushing, talent destroying and human being destroying.'