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Olivia de Havilland, the final surviving star of 'Gone With the Wind' star, dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of 'Gone With the Wind' star, dies at 104


Olivia de Havilland, who starred in Gone with the Wind, has died aged 104. The 2-time Oscar winner was the final remaining star of the enduring movie, and is credited with taking up the Hollywood studios in a landmark courtroom case.

De Havilland performed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, a good friend who’s seen as rival by protagonist Scarlett O’Hara within the 1939 basic.

The actress gained two Oscars for her performances in To Every His Personal (1946), and The Heiress (1949). She was additionally identified for her roles in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood,’ and ‘The Snake Pit’.

De Havilland is credited with serving to to take down Hollywood’s studio system after she sued Warner Bros. within the 1940s  to be free after her contract had expired.  On the time, Hollywood legal professionals seen contracts as being suspended when an actor wasn’t working, so Warner Bros. wished to maintain de Hallivand after her seven 12 months deal expired. The courts dominated that every one artists’ contracts have been to be restricted to the calendar phrases set out of their offers.

“Nobody thought I’d win, however after I did, flowers, letters and telegrams arrived from my fellow actors,” she stated in a 1992 interview. “This was splendidly rewarding.”

De Havilland died of pure causes at her house in Paris, the place she lived because the 1950’s along with her late husband Pierre Galante, who died in 1998. She is survived by her daughter Gisele, son-in-law Andrew and niece Deborah. She was beforehand married to Marcus Goodrich in 1946. 

Born in Tokyo and raised in California, de Hallivand had a strained relationship along with her youthful sister, the actress Joan Fontaine, who gained an Oscar earlier than her, in 1942, when de Hallivand was additionally nominated in the identical class.  

De Hallivand was given the US Nationwide Medal of Arts from George W Bush in 2008, and the Knight Legion of Honour from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010. 

She was the primary feminine jury president on the Cannes Movie Pageant in 1965.