Olivia de Havilland,the two time Oscar winning and only actor surviving from the cast of Gone With The Wind and studio era has died at the age of 104. She died due to natural causes at her home in Pais. She played the role of the self-sacrificing Melanie Wikes. She remembered the movie as ‘one of the happiest experiences I’ve ever had in my life. It was doing something I wanted to do, playing a character I loved and liked.’
Her roles in movies range from an unwed mother to a psychiatric inmate in The Snake Pit. She was co-star of Errol Flynn, most memorably as Maid Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood. She even sued Warner Bros in 1943 when the studio tried to keep her under contract after it had expired. The court agreed to her terms and the law is unofficially called,’De Havilland Law’.
She earned her own oscars in 1946 for her performance in To Each His Own and earned the second oscars after three years for portrayal as a plain young homebody opposite Montgomery Clift and Sir Ralph in an adaptation of Henry James ‘Washington Square.’ She received a National Medal of Arts in 2008 and was awarded France’s Legion of Honors two years later.
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