'Gone With the Wind' Actress Olivia de Havilland Dies at 104

July 26, 2020

The last surviving actress of "Gone With the Wind," Olivia de Havilland, has passed away at the age of 104.

Her publicist, Lisa Goldberg, confirmed the news to CNN that she died peacefully in her home in Paris, France from natural causes.

The actress starred as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind." The film quickly became an icon of cinema since its 1939 release.

The film is replayed in movie theaters across the country annually. It has recently garnered criticism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement for its portrayal of the South during the Civil War era.

De Havilland starred in a number of other films, including, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," and has won Oscars for her roles in "To Each His Own" and "The Heiress."

According to TMZ, the actress was a key player in putting an end to studio systems in Hollywood that would later allow actors to negotiate better contracts for themselves.

The centenarian was recently embroiled in a lawsuit over her portrayal in the FX miniseries “Feud: Bette and Joan.” Portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the television project, de Havilland sued the network claiming the role made her look like a “vulgar hypocrite and gossip,” reported The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress’ lawsuit was eventually dismissed on the grounds that it “precluded the First Amendment,” the outlet noted.

De Havilland had been living in Paris since 1960 and rarely attended public events. She recently turned 104 at the beginning of July.

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