... the careers of golden age of Hollywood star sisters: Olivia de Havilland and Joan de Havilland (better known as Joan Fontaine).
Olivia de Havilland was born in 1916 and Joan Fontaine in 1917.
Venus Williams was born in 1980 and Serena Williams in 1981.
Although it was Olivia who first came to fame with films like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and receiving an Oscar nomination for the latter, it was Joan who won her first Oscar in 1942 for her role in Suspicion (1942).
Olivia (on left) with sister Joan (on right). Joan won her first Oscar in 1942. Olivia was also nominated but didnt' win.
Hmm, does this remind anyone of 1999 US Open when Serena upstaged Venus to win her first slam as the bittersweet Venus looked on in the stands? Of course, it was Venus that first came to fame by reaching the US Open finals in 1997.
So it was a case of little sister upstaging big sister at the big stage (Oscars, grand slams) when it looked like big sister was going to do it before the little sister.
Apparently, this loss drove Olivia to work harder in her career, and she demanded to not be typecast in "sweet" roles that she's received up to that point.
By 1946 Olivia made a big comeback by winning her first Oscar for To each his own (1946) and backed it up again by winning for The Heiress (1949).
Hmm, does this remind anyone of Venus in the year 2000 when she swept to her first slam Wimbledon and quickly backed it up by winning the US Open later in the year?
Of course since then, the Williams sisters have gone on to win more slams, but Olivia and Joan did not win another Oscar again after those triumphs. Keeping in mind, of course, that it's a lot harder to win Oscars than slams.
But for awhile there, their careers did look a lot similar didn't it?
Olivia and Joan are the only sisters to win Oscars. And Venus and Serena are the only sisters to win grand slam singles titles also.