(Heiress, The - 1949)
De Havilland's victory broke the stranglehold that film companies had on actors in Hollywood, but it was a risky move at the time. Once free from Warners and the courts, de Havilland made "The Well-Groomed Bride" before winning the first of her two Academy Awards for "To Each His Own" (1946). Playing twins (one good, one evil) in the psychological drama "The Dark Mirror" (also 1946) gave de Havilland an opportunity to present a more twisted nature side-by-side her standard saccharine temperament. She explored insanity further and picked up another Oscar nomination for "The Snake Pit" (1948), a wrenching look inside a mental institution which helped spur changes in the treatment of patients. Robert Aldrich convinced her to play the scheming cousin opposite Bette Davis in "Hush. . . De Havilland played the Queen Mother in "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana" (CBS, 1982), the Dowager Empress Maria in the NBC miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (1986) and Wallis Simpson's aunt in "The Woman He Loved" (CBS, 1988), her last screen appearance to date.