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The Heiress is a 1949 film which tells the story of two young people who want to marry despite the girl's father's objections. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson and Miriam Hopkins. 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a Japanese-born American film actress. ... Montgomery Clift Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor. ... Sir Ralph David Richardson (19 December 1902 - 10 October 1983) was an English actor, one of a group of theatrical knights of the mid-20th century who, though more closely associated with the stage, did their best to make the transition to film. ... Miriam Hopkins in the title role of Becky Sharp (1935) Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902–October 9, 1972) was an American actress. ...


It was adapted by Augustus Goetz and Ruth Goetz from their play, which was adapted from the novel Washington Square by Henry James. It was directed by William Wyler. Photograph of Henry James Henry James, OM (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916), son of Henry James Sr. ... William Wyler (July 1, 1902 - July 27, 1981) was a prolific and award-winning motion picture director. ...


Synopsis

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Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland), the heiress of the title is a plain, painfully shy girl whose emotionally detached father (Ralph Richardson) makes no secret of his disappointment in her. When she meets the charming Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she is immediately taken by the attention that he lavishes upon her - attention she so desperately seeks from her father. Catherine falls madly in love with Morris and they plan to marry. Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a Japanese-born American film actress. ... Sir Ralph David Richardson (19 December 1902 - 10 October 1983) was an English actor, one of a group of theatrical knights of the mid-20th century who, though more closely associated with the stage, did their best to make the transition to film. ... Montgomery Clift Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor. ...


Catherine's father believes that Morris is only courting Catherine to get at her inheritance. He threatens to disinherit her if she marries Morris. Catherine does not care, and plans to elope with Morris but not before telling him about her disinheritance. On the night they were to elope, Catherine waits anxiously in her drawing room for Morris to come and take away...but he never arrives.


Catherine is heartbroken. Years past and her father passes away, leaving her his entire estate. Morris returns, and professes his love for Catherine saying that he left her behind because he could not bear to see her destitute. Catherine, tells Morris that she is still in love with him and would like to elope as they had planned so many years before. He promises to be back that night for her.


When Morris returns, Catherine reveals the true impact of his betrayal. She is cold, heartless - leaving Morris desperately screaming for her at her doorstep. Her aunt (Miriam Hopkins) asks whether she could be so cruel. In a celebrated quote, Catherine responds, "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught...by masters." The film fades out, with Catherine retiring and Morris' clinging screams echoing through the night. Miriam Hopkins in the title role of Becky Sharp (1935) Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902–October 9, 1972) was an American actress. ...


Awards

The movie won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia de Havilland), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Edith Head and Gile Steele) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Aaron Copland). It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ralph Richardson), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Picture. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Emil Jannings posses with the very first Best Actor Oscar The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Aaron Copland Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...


The film has since been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


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The Heiress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (455 words)
The Heiress is a 1949 film which tells the story of two young people who want to marry despite the girl's father's objections.
Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland), the heiress of the title is a plain, painfully shy girl whose emotionally detached father (Ralph Richardson) makes no secret of his disappointment in her.
When she meets the charming Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she is immediately taken by the attention that he lavishes upon her - attention she so desperately seeks from her father.
Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Heiress" (488 words)
For "The Heiress" John Malinowski has light flooding in through elegantly tall windows into Janie Fliegel's stair-case dominated 1850 parlor with marble-parquetted floors, through which Andrew Polezak's hoop-skirts and Troy Sigfried's wigs glide with an understated opulence.
Ruth and Augustus Goetz fashioned this solidly well-made play out of Henry James' novel "Washington Square" in which, with impeccably elegant manners, the three principals are either thoughtlessly or connivingly or vindictively cruel to one another with never a drop of blood shed, though their lives are devastated by it all.
It is when this worm slowly turns, slicing both the men in her life to the bone in reprisal, that the play really catches fire.
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