Gone With the Wind who feuded with sister Joan Fontaine, and bucked the old Hollywood studio system, died in her sleep on Saturday, July 25, Entertainment Weekly reports. She was 104.” data-reactid=”32″>Olivia de Havilland, the dignified and dogged Oscar-winning actress and last surviving star of Gone With the Wind who feuded with sister Joan Fontaine, and bucked the old Hollywood studio system, died in her sleep on Saturday, July 25, Entertainment Weekly reports. She was 104.
Variety.” data-reactid=”33″>“Last night, the world lost an international treasure, and I lost a dear friend and beloved client. She died peacefully in Paris,” the star’s former lawyer, Suzelle M. Smith, said in a statement to Variety.
ow comes with a disclaimer on HBO Max.” data-reactid=”47″>Her most famous screen performance was as the unwaveringly good Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. Released in 1939 when de Havilland was just 23, the Civil War epic won eight Oscars and reigned as the all-time box-office champ for more than 25 years. When its grosses are adjusted for inflation, the movie remains Hollywood’s top money-maker, though this year it has been at the center of controversy regarding its depictions of slavery and now comes with a disclaimer on HBO Max.
observed, “That’s strange because Melanie is the only one who dies in the movie.” ” data-reactid=”69″>When asked about her status as the lone living link to the film, de Havilland observed, “That’s strange because Melanie is the only one who dies in the movie.”
In all, de Havilland and Flynn made eight movies together. The couple, however, was never romantically involved, de Havilland insisted.
As a young single in Hollywood, de Havilland dated the likes of James Stewart and director John Huston.
stony silence she maintained with her sister.” data-reactid=”73″>In the public imagination, her love life was not nearly as compelling as the stony silence she maintained with her sister.
“Our relations have been strained for some time — I couldn’t change my attitude,” de Havilland told the Associated Press at the time.
The sisters’ cold war thawed in the 1950s and 1960s, but returned to a deep freeze following their mothers’ death in 1975. The two never spoke again. Fontaine died in 2013 at age 96.
Arguably, de Havilland left her biggest mark when she took on the all-powerful movie studios — and won.
once said. “It was not easy then.” ” data-reactid=”81″>”The motion-picture business is not easy,” de Havilland once said. “It was not easy then.”
In 1944, a de Havilland complaint against Warner Bros. resulted in a court ruling that said studios couldn’t unilaterally keep their stars under contract for longer than seven years.
Joan Fontaine and sister Olivia de Havilland famously feuded. (Photo: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
After helping remake the movie industry, the so-called de Havilland Law became routinely cited in record-company disputes involving everyone from Courtney Love to Jared Leto. In 2009, Leto revealed that he’d reached out to de Havilland during a label war involving his band, 30 Seconds to Mars.
told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. ” data-reactid=”104″>”It was a real thrill to communicate with her, a real honor,” Leto told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time.
After challenging the status quo, de Havilland saw career grow to greater heights. Both of her Oscars and three of her nominations came in the wake of the court case.
said. ” data-reactid=”106″>In the 1950s, de Havilland moved to Paris for a marriage that didn’t last. And while she returned to Hollywood for work, she never returned to the industry town to live. “The French make me feel that I am more attractive now than I was when I was 20,” the fortysomething de Havilland said.
At age 86, de Havilland brought the audience at the 2003 Academy Awards to its collective feet when she was feted as part of the 75th anniversary show’s salute to past winners.
said in 2009, “I feel like a survivor from an age that people no longer understand.” ” data-reactid=”112″>Looking back on all that she’d seen and endured, de Havilland said in 2009, “I feel like a survivor from an age that people no longer understand.”