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RIP: Olivia de Havilland, 'Gone With The Wind' Star, Dies At 104

RIP: Olivia de Havilland, 'Gone With The Wind' Star, Dies At 104

With an illustrious career spanning over 50 years, she was the last surviving star from Gone with the Wind.

Olivia de Havilland, who starred in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, Gone With the Wind, and The Heiress has passed away at the age of 104, reported The New York Times. With an illustrious career spanning over 50 years, she was the last surviving star from Gone with the Wind. The movie earned five Oscar nominations. In the classic, she stole our hearts with her beautiful portrayal of the sweet and charming character Melanie.



 

 

De Havilland died at her home in Paris, the city where she lived since the '50s. Her publicist revealed she died of natural causes. In an interview with the Associated Press back in 2016, she said, "Scarlett did not interest me as she epitomized the 'New Woman' who was self-sustaining, like myself. Melanie, on the other hand, was more traditional."

 



 

 

She continued, "Most of all, I wanted to be part of 'Gone With The Wind' as I sensed that the film would have a much longer life than others — perhaps as long as five years!" At the time of her death, De Havilland was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar. Born in Tokyo in 1916, De Havilland soon moved to California with her family. 

 



 

 

The veteran actress appeared in the role of Melanie in David O Selznick's epic adaptation of the Margaret Mitchell novel, Gone with the Wind. Her role was nominated for the best supporting actress, but she lost it to Hattie McDaniel. In 1946, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in To Each His Own, and then a second for The Heiress in 1949.



 

 

Known to voice her opinion and having strong statements, De Havilland is also remembered for turning down the role of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. She continued with her acting career till the late 1980s, winning a Golden Globe in 1986 for Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. In 1953, she moved to Paris and never found any reason to move back to the US again. 



 

 

She said, "By 1951, television had already made such inroads on the income garnered by motion picture companies that the Golden Era which had prevailed until then was beginning to disintegrate. And by 1953, it had come to an end. Hollywood was a dismal, tragic place." In case you didn't know, her personal feud with her sister Joan Fontaine who died in 2013 was highly controversial. 



 

 

In 2016, the actress said that the 'legend of the feud' was created by an article entitled "Sister Act" in Life Magazine following the 1942 Oscars where both of them were nominated. Fontaine won the award for her role in Suspicion while de Havilland was nominated for Hold Back the Dawn. De Havilland rubbished all rumors about her in 2016 saying that she can't recall one instance where she initiated hostile behavior although she admitted her "deliberately inconsiderate behavior" was a defensive reaction. She said she called her sister the "Dragon Lady."



 

 

She said, "Dragon Lady, as I eventually decided to call her, was a brilliant, multi-talented person, but with an astigmatism in her perception of people and events which often caused her to react in an unfair and even injurious way." After De Havilland won the Oscar in 1947, her sister came backstage to congratulate her. 



 

 

She married twice. First to author Marcus Goodrich from 1946 to 1953 and then Galante, editor of the French magazine Paris Match. She is survived by her daughter, Gisele Galante Chulack, her son-in-law Andrew Chulack and her niece Deborah Dozier Potter.

Rest in Peace Olivia De Havilland, you will be missed. 

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