It has been decades since Olivia De Havilland retired from Hollywood showbiz but but the Gone with with Wind star lives on…literally. In July, De Havilland celebrated her 100th birthday in Paris.
Known best for her role as Melanie in the film, starring in a supporting actress role across from Vivien Leigh’s performance as the vein and self-centered Scarlett O’Hara, De Havilland was accomplished far beyond many Hollywood starlets of her time – despite being “old” for an actress at the time. With 49 films, two best actress Oscars, and a best-selling memoir, De Havilland later starred in television roles in TV films and miniseries.
Her breakout role came in 1938 with The Adventures of Robin Hood, which would be nominated for Academy Award’s Best Picture that year. De Havilland went on to be nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film though she would not win an award until 1946 for Best Actress in To Each His Own.
But it was her role as the endearing Melanie and Gone with with Wind legacy for which she will always be remembered.
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