Film star Olivia de Havilland becomes a Dame at 100

PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 19 June 2017

The Comet sitting outside de Havilland control tower

The Comet sitting outside de Havilland control tower

The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

The film star cousin of Hatfield’s aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland has become the oldest Dame in the history of the British honours system.

The aircraft engineer’s 100-year-old cousin has become Dame Olivia de Havilland in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She won Oscars for The Snake Pit (1948) and To Each his Own (1946), although her most famous roles were Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Melanie in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Now living in Paris, she will turn 101 on July 1.

Geoffrey de Havilland, who was born in 1882, moved his aircraft factory to Hatfield in 1933.

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