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Gone with the wind Olivia de Havilland dies at 104


Olivia de Havilland, a star in Hollywood's golden age and two-time Oscar winner, died at the age of 104.

The British-American lady, best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939), died peacefully on Saturday in her home in Paris, France, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Less than a month earlier, de Havilland, the oldest surviving star of the classic, celebrated her birthday on July 1st.

The sister of actress Joan Fontaine, de Havilland, enjoyed a remarkable life and career and won two Oscars for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949) in the evening.

RIP: Gone with the Wind (pictured at the 36th Cesar Awards in Paris in 2011) died at the age of 104

De Havilland, Fontaine and their actress mother Lillian were born in Tokyo in 1916 and moved to California in 1919 after their father Walter, a British patent attorney, left them to establish a relationship with their housekeeper.

She made her on-screen debut in Max Reinhardt's elaborate adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 1935.

Gone with the wind recently made headlines after HBO Max retired the picture before adding some additions, including a new introduction that discussed the controversial account of slavery in the south of the film.

In the meantime, in 2018, Olivia is known to have taken legal action against FX and Ryan Murphy after saying that Murphy never asked for her permission to portray her or use her name in his drama Feud: Bette & Joan.

In the eight-episode series about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Olivia was played by Oscar-winning Catherine Zeta-Jones. However, the lawsuit was later dismissed.

Golden Era: The British-American lady is perhaps best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Golden Era: The British-American lady is perhaps best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Interestingly, Olivia is said to have had her own feud with sister Joan, born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, which could certainly give Murphy something to chew on for his next project.

To promote her 1978 memoir No Bed of Roses, Joan said: “You can divorce both your sister and your husbands. I don't see them at all and I don't intend to. & # 39;

She added: "I got married first, got an Oscar first, got a child first. If I die, she'll be angry because I'll be back first! "

Representation: Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones played Olivia in Ryan Murphy's hit series Feud, although the actress was not happy that FX had not obtained her permission for the show

Representation: Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones played Olivia in Ryan Murphy's hit series Feud, although the actress was not happy that FX had not obtained her permission for the show

Hollywood royalty: Olivia two Oscars for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949)

Hollywood royalty: Olivia two Oscars for Best Actress for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949)

Olivia looked radiant in 2011 when she attended the 36th Cesar Awards – the French Oscars – at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris.

Her acting career spanned six decades and continued into the late 1980s. In 1982 she played Queen Elizbaeth, The Queen Mother, in the American television film The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana.

The actress had two marriages with screenwriter Marcus Goodrich from 1946 to 1953 and Pierre Galante from 1955 to 1979.

Honors: Olivia imagined holding her Honoegree of Doctor of Letters certificate from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfiel

Honors: Olivia introduced herself as holding an honorary doctorate in letters from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Her first child with Marcus, a son named Benjamin Goodrich, died at the age of 42 from a heart condition caused by his suffering from Hodgkin's disease.

She had her second child, daughter Gisèle Galante, with husband Pierre, who was the editor-in-chief of the French magazine Paris Match. Olivia's marriage to Pierre meant moving to Paris, where she remains to this day.

In 2017, Olivia became the oldest person to be called a lady.

Olivia spoke of the honor at the time and said in a statement that she was "extremely proud that the Queen appointed me Lady Commander of the Order of the British Empire".

A star is born: Olivia pictured in 1948

A star is born: Olivia pictured in 1948

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