‘Gone With The Wind’ Legend Olivia De Havilland Has Died!
Mrs. De Havilland was 104-years-old. Continue on for more details on how Olivia De Havilland died…
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CelebNhealth247.com reports that ‘Gone With The Wind’ legend Olivia De Havilland has bid farewell after 104-years of age.
Olivia De Havilland’s publicist Lisa Goldberg told CNN:
The actress died July 26 of natural causes at her residence in Paris, Goldberg said. She lived in Paris for more than six decades.
The actress played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, who squared off with Scarlett O’Hara to gain the affection of Ashley Wilkes, played by Leslie Howard.
The 1939 movie became one of the icons in cinema … played and replayed every year in movie theaters across the country. The movie has drawn constant and increased criticism over glorifying the South during the Civil War, and recently, when HBO Max released it on its streaming service, it provided context at the beginning.
Olivia can also be seen in a number of other movies, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” She won Oscars for her performances in “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress.”
For many years, Olivia was also embroiled in a long-standing Hollywood feud with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine. The two were hot topics of their era.
Most recently, Olivia was angry over Ryan Murphy’s miniseries, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” because of the way she was portrayed. She sued FX but lost.
She also was important in putting an end to the archaic studio system in Hollywood. When she was under a long-term contract with Warner Bros., she put her foot down, refusing certain roles, which got her benched more than once. She ended up suing Warner Bros., saying the studio system amounted to “peonage,” and the judge agreed and freed her from her remaining obligations under her contract.
It was Olivia De Havilland whose legal fight changed the balance of power in Hollywood, and actors were able to negotiate better contracts as a result.
Olivia has lived in Paris since 1960 and rarely attended public functions. She surprisingly attended her 90th birthday in Hollywood thrown by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Last year, Olivia was spotted still riding her bike.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for Hollywood Olivia, you will NEVER be forgotten. You are a true Hollywood legend. #RIP