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Benjamin Briggs Goodrich

Birthdate: (42)
Death: October 1991 (42)
Paris, France (Hodgkins Disease)
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Son of Marcus Aurelius Goodrich and Olivia de Havilland
Half brother of <private> Broida (Galante)

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About Benjamin Briggs Goodrich

Benjamin Briggs Goodrich

b. 18 July 1956, d. October 1991
  Benjamin Briggs Goodrich was born on 18 July 1956.
He was the son of Marcus Aurelius Goodrich and Olivia Mary de Havilland.
He died in October 1991 at age 35 at Paris, France, as a result of Hogkin's disease.
   Benjamin Briggs Goodrich was a statistical analyst.
BENJAMIN BRIGGS GOODRICH  . Statistical analyst, international banking representative. Born in 1949; died of heart disease brought on by treatment for Hodgkin's disease (with which he was diagnosed at age 19) in October 1991 at age 42 in Paris, France; father, Marcus Goodrich; worked for Lockheed Missile and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California and for the Texas Commerce Bank of Houston.

Born in Tokyo, Olivia, Joan and their mother moved to California in 1919 after their British father, a patent attorney, took up with the Japanese maid. "My mother was religious," recalls Olivia, "but she didn't go to church." Olivia arranged to have herself baptized at 16, but stopped going to church through most of her Hollywood career. She returned to the fold after her son, BENJAMIN (by her first husband, novelist Marcus Goodrich), was born. When he was just 19, he became seriously ill. "She looked after him herself," recalls the Very Rev. Sturgis Riddle, a longtime friend and dean emeritus of the Paris cathedral. "She had deep faith that through love and prayer he would be helped." After BENJAMIN, now 29 and a mathematician in California, recovered, his mother threw herself into volunteer work for the church. "I find it thrilling," she says. "It's so boring, this selfish life we lead to survive."

De Havilland also has a daughter, Gisèle, 22, who is just finishing criminal law studies in France. For six of the 16 years of her separation from Galante, de Havilland and he lived in separate parts of their 12-room Paris townhouse, but she is now contemplating selling it and relocating to Washington, D.C. "People ask me why don't I move back to California," de Havilland says, "but I want a new life." She also admits she would like a new love. "A man in my life? What a divine idea. I am the woman who arrives at parties alone and goes home with a married couple. That is carrying Episcopalian discretion to a very great extreme.",,20073074,00.html


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard are gone. Olivia de Havilland at 80 seems indestructible; she recently survived a punishing attack of shingles which caused an angry rash and inflammation of the nerves. Her beauty remains, enhanced by silver hair swept back stylishly.

She has lived in a Paris town house on a quiet side street near the Bois de Bologne for 40 years. She recently walked a few blocks to a favorite restaurant for a lengthy lunch with a reporter acquaintance from her Hollywood days. A bright conversationalist, she talked on many matters, punctuated often with a warm, throaty laugh.

The actress retains a sunny optimism, remarkable in view of the troubles that have plagued her life.

Her two marriages -- to American novelist Marcus Goodrich and French magazine editor Pierre Galante -- ended in divorce. She also endured a public feud with her volatile sister, Joan Fontaine.

Yet Miss de Havilland's greatest tragedy concerned her son,BENJAMIN GOODRICH. (Miss de Havilland also has a daughter: Paris Match reporter Gisele Galante.)

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"BENJIE was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease at the age of 19," she said. Despite his ailment, he was able to graduate in statistical mathematics from the University of Texas and work successfully as a scientist for Lockheed Aircraft. But eventually the cancer worsened.

Her eyes glistened but no tears fell as she recounted the long, pain-wracked years of radiation and other treatment. His white blood count fell so low that he was subject to the slightest ailment. He died five years ago at the age of 42.

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Miss de Havilland hasn't acted since 1988, when she appeared as Wallis Simpson's Aunt Bessie in a television movie, "The Woman He Loved," with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. But she insisted she is not retired.

"I have taken a long vacation," she remarked, "but I wouldn't object to a fascinating part in a first-rate project, something I felt I could do well or would understand and interpret in an effective way. Then I would say, 'Yes.' The offers still come, but not what I'm looking for."

Meanwhile, she keeps busy seeing old friends, reading fan mail and agonizing over her autobiography, long a work in progress.

She was born to English parents in Tokyo on July 1, 1916. After the parents divorced, her mother took Olivia and her younger sister Joan to Northern California. Olivia studied at the Notre Dame convent in Belmont, then won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland.

Before college, she appeared in a local production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream," and was selected by famed director Max Reinhardt to play Hermia at the Hollywood Bowl. When Warner Bros. decided to film the play, the studio signed her to a contract. She was 20.

If Mr. Reinhardt hadn't chosen her, what direction might her life taken?

"Actually I don't know what would have happened," she reflected. "That's one reason I wanted to go to college. I looked forward to those four years tremendously. Because I had several talents, and they all gave me pleasure.

"But I didn't know what one used to call 'my true love' was. I counted on those four years at Mills to help me find my true love. For many, many years, I thought I had taken the wrong path.

"There are so many things about the film business that are excessively stressful. And that isn't a very good way to live. So many things happen that are of deep offense to one.

"So I'm not sure it was the right path. But in the end, I'm not sorry about it."

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Benjamin Briggs Goodrich's Timeline

July 18, 1949
October 1991
Age 42
Paris, France