Between 98 and 4 Years old

Sisters in the Woods II












by Cynthia Wands

Sisters in the Woods, artwork by Cynthia Wands, 2014.


I found this interview by Olivia de Havilland, who turns 98 years old today.  I love the look of her in this interview. Her age and her dignity, reminded me so much of my own grandmother, who passed away some years ago. I don’t get to spend much time with women who are this old, and I miss that.  Her story of working with a new director, and her emotions and concerns about her work, was fascinating.

In the past, I’ve found myself working with people I didn’t want to work with, and yet they have informed me and shaped me in ways I never anticipated.

I did a photography shoot with my young nieces this past week, and they were very – enthused – for short bursts of time – and challenging to direct.

But I also learned a lot about the way that they imagine things, and the way that they play, and create characters they enjoy interacting with. Actually, I think I learned a lot working with them.

Olivia de Havilland Interview

2 thoughts on “Between 98 and 4 Years old

  1. The photo is enchanting. It’s like an oil painting.

    And I loved the story of the dresses. I’m always amazed at how children seem to be born with preferences in dress and at how adamant they are about wearing what they like.

    Brought back memories of my daughter when she was four. Thank you.

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