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Golden Age star Olivia de Havilland has died at the age of 104.

Her career spanned more than 50 years and almost 50 feature movies, and she was the last surviving star from Gone with the Wind (1939).

Gone with the Wind earned her one of her five Oscar nominations.

Olivia de Havilland, who had lived in Paris since 1960, was central in taking down Hollywood’s studio system, giving actors better contracts.

The actress also had a tempestuous relationship with her sister, fellow Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine.

At the time of her death, Olivia de Havilland was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar. She died on July 25 of natural causes at her home in the French capital, her publicist said.

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born in Tokyo in 1916 and soon moved to California with her family.

She made her breakthrough in Captain Blood, opposite Errol Flynn, and the pair developed an immediate chemistry.

Olivia de Havilland was then cast in the role of Melanie in David O Selznick’s epic adaptation of the Margaret Mitchell novel, Gone with the Wind.

She lost the best supporting actress Oscar to Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in the movie.

However, she did win a Best Actress Oscar in 1946 for her role in To Each His Own, and then a second for The Heiress in 1949.

Joan Fontaine dies in California at 96

Olivia de Havilland also famously turned down the role of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for the role.

The actress continued to act until the late 1980s, winning a Golden Globe in 1986 for Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.

Off screen, Olivia de Havilland took on the studios at a time when they had complete control over their stars.

Backed by the Screen Actors Guild, she took Warner Brothers to court in 1943 when it added time to her original contract as a penalty for turning down roles.

The California Supreme Court ruled in her favor in what became known as the De Havilland Law, which loosened the grip studios had on their actors.

Much has been made of Olivia de Havilland’s feud with her sister. The pair reportedly had a difficult relationship from childhood. It was exacerbated by them both being nominated for Best Actress in 1942, with Joan Fontaine winning out.

Olivia de Havilland was also reportedly angered by Joan Fontaine’s comments about her new husband, Marcus Goodrich, whom de Havilland married in 1946. And there was also disagreement over medical treatment for their mother in 1975. Joan Fontaine died in 2013.


A Scarlett O’Hara outfit worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind has been sold for $137,000 at an auction in California.Scarlett OHara dress auction

Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

Heritage Auctions said the grey jacket and skirt worn by the actress were among 150 items offered by collector James Tumblin.

James Tumblin originally bought the outfit for $20 from a costume shop.


Actress Ann Rutherford, best known for playing Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister Careen in Gone With the Wind, has died aged 94.

Ann Rutherford also starred as Mickey Rooney’s girlfriend, Polly Benedict, in MGM’s long-running Andy Hardy series.

Her close friend, actress Anne Jeffreys, confirmed she died at her Beverly Hills home on Monday night.

She told the Los Angeles Times that Ann Rutherford had been suffering from heart problems.

In an interview with the LA Times in 2010, Ann Rutherford said that MGM boss Louis B. Mayer was initially going to refuse her the part in Gone With the Wind.

Actress Ann Rutherford, best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister Careen in Gone With the Wind, has died aged 94

Actress Ann Rutherford, best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister Careen in Gone With the Wind, has died aged 94

However, she revealed he relented after she burst into tears, saying she was a huge fan of the novel and “just wanted to watch the book come to life”.

Afterwards, Ann Rutherford continued to make Andy Hardy movies and later appeared in other films, including 1947’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

She had launched her movie career in Westerns while she was still a teenager, appearing with both singing cowboy hero Gene Autry and John Wayne.

Ann Rutherford retired in 1976 but in 1989 was one of 10 surviving Gone With the Wind cast members who gathered in Atlanta to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary.

At the event she spoke about the story’s appeal, saying: “Anyone who had read the book sensed they were into something that would belong to the ages, and everyone was in a frenzy to read the book.”

Ann Rutherford agreed with other cast members that regardless of what other things they achieved in their lives: “Our obituary will say we were in Gone With the Wind and we’ll be proud of it.”

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