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Olivia de Havilland Dies At 104

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Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star from Gone with the Wind dies at 104 died at home in Paris. Her publicist said she died of natural causes. She lived in Paris since 1960. De Havilland won Oscar two times for her roles in “The Heiress” and “To Each His Own. Her most prominent role was in the 1939 epic “Gone With the Wind.” She starred as Scarlett O’Hara’s foe, the saintly Melanie Wilkes Hamilton. At the time of her death, De Havilland was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar.

De Havilland’s was born in Tokyo in 1916 and soon moved to California with her family. Her breakthrough was in the film Captain Blood, opposite Errol Flynn. Her career spanned more than 50 years. De Havilland continued to act until the late 1980s, winning a Golden Globe in 1986 for Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. She took Warner Brothers to court in 1943 when it added time to her original contract as a penalty for turning down roles. The California Supreme Court ruled in her favour in what became known as the De Havilland Law, which loosened the grip studios had on their actors. In 2008, at the age of 92, de Havilland received the US National Medal of Arts from George W Bush. Two years later she was awarded the Knight Legion of Honour from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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