The legendary actress, perhaps best known for her performance in Gone With The Wind, Olivia De Havilland has died.
Havilland was a true veteran of cinema and starred in countless iconic films.
She was 104.
Rest in peace.
The legendary film star, Olivia De Havilland, has tragically passed away.
Making her the last living star from the 1939 classic Gone With The Wind.
The character who squares off with Scarlet O’Hara in an attempt to gain the affection of Ashley Wilkes.
And is generally considered to be the most successful film of all time.
The film has been criticized for painting a much nicer image of the southern states during the civil war, than the reality.
Havilland starred in countless movies, in a career spanning over 40 years.
The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood alongside Errol Flynn – who she rose to prominence with as a screen couple.
For her performances in To Each His Own and The Heiress.
And she was infamous for her long-standing Hollywood feud with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine – and gossip mags at the time couldn’t get enough of it.
In the Ryan Murphy miniseries: Feud: Bette and Joan, Catherine Zeta Jones starred as Havilland.
In fact, Havilland was so unhappy with her portrayal in the show that she tried to sue FX but lost.
And was recognized as an icon in putting an end to the archaic studio system in Hollywood when she sued and won against Warner Bros. who had her on a ‘long-term contract’.
And allowed actors were able to negotiate better contracts as a result of the historic legal battle.
And kept a relatively low profile for the rest of her life.
Havilland was still massively active up until the end of her life.
Check out this photo of her riding a bike last year aged 103!
One person wrote:
Let us be nothing but thankful that we had her for this long… Well-deserved peace and rest to the most glorious link to the past, Miss Olivia De Havilland (1916 – 2020) Heartbroken
A true Hollywood legend. I was introduced to her through GONE WITH THE WIND but my fave performance of hers wa sin THE HEIRESS. I was lucky enough to interview her for my Vivien Leigh book and she was so gracious, even on paper. 104, man. What a life!
Another person wrote:
Losing Olivia is a blow to class and grace when we need them most. Brave, strong, lovely woman.
And certainly one of the final stars from the golden age of Hollywood.
Our thoughts go out to De Havilland’s family and friends at this hard time.
Rest in peace.