Olivia de havilland, the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind, has passed away.
The actress played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, who faced Scarlett O’Hara to gain the affection of Ashley Wilkes, played by Leslie Howard.
The 1939 film became one of the icons of cinema … played and replayed every year in theaters across the country. The film has drawn constant and growing criticism of the glorification of the South during the Civil War, and recently, when HBO Max released it on its streaming service, it context provided in the beginning.
Olivia has acted in several other films, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. She won Oscars for her performances in “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress”.
Olivia has also been embroiled in a longstanding Hollywood feud with her sister, the actress. Joan fontaine, and gossip magazines couldn’t get enough.
Olivia was angry with Ryan murphyThe “Feud: Bette and Joan” miniseries, because of the way it was portrayed, sued FX but lost.
She was also instrumental in breaking down the archaic studio system in Hollywood. When on a long-term contract with Warner Bros., she put her foot down, turning down some roles, which put her on the bench more than once. She ended up suing Warner Bros., claiming the studio system was tantamount to “peonage,” and the judge agreed and released her from her remaining obligations under her contract.
The legal struggle changed the balance of power in Hollywood, and the actors were able to negotiate better contracts as a result.
Olivia has lived in Paris since 1960 and rarely attended public functions. There was a popping party in Hollywood for its 90th birthday – hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – and it showed up.
And, look at the cool pic … Olivia last year – 103 years old – riding a bike.
Olivia was 104 years old.