Every Frenchman has One by Olivia De Havilland is a memoir written by the well-known American actress who lives in Paris. Dating back to the late ’50’s, it is a lighthearted collection of her observations of life and customs in Paris.
The memoir speaks of clothing, food, faux pas, home renovations, schooling, religion, medicine, and several other topics. There are amusing anecdotes, but overall, the impression I got from the book was one of superficiality. I don’t think this memoir was written ” from the heart” and that disappointed me. It is not a tell all book. That is ok! The only thing which surprised me was the fact that De Havilland and her late sister, Joan Fontaine, attended a convent school when they lived in the U.S. However did they both end-up in Hollywood? Perhaps that story is written and explained elsewhere.
While reading this book, I never got the impression that De Havilland eventually fell in love with Paris. That surprised me. I do not recommend this memoir for any reason other than light reading for those who enjoy star-gazing.