Hollywood star, Olivia de Havilland of ‘Gone With the Wind’, passes away at the age of 104
Olivia de Havilland, who was a two-time Oscar winner and also was the last surviving actor of “Gone With the Wind” for decades has passed away at the age of 104, Lisa Goldberg, her publicist Lisa Goldberg informed CNN.
The actress passed away on Sunday owing to natural causes at her home in Paris, Goldberg told. She lived in Paris for beyond six decades.
De Havilland arose as a star in the course of the classic movie period — primarily as a romantic partner for Errol Flynn in action movies like “Captain Blood” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and then moved on to be well known in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, which is believed to be the highest moneymaking movie of all time when adapted for inflation.
By the late 1940s, she had already become one of the top actresses. Yet her off-screen part in a lawsuit opposed to her boss, Warner Bros., may have been her most prominent achievement in Hollywood.
In 1943, de Havilland accused the studio after it tried to stretch her seven-year contract, which was ending. In accordance with the studio system, actors encountered discontinuation without pay if they rejected specific roles, and the suspension time was then added to their contracts.
De Havilland’s ultimate court victory assisted in moving the power from big studios of that time to the mega-celebrities and potent talent agencies of today.
Bette Davis, De Havilland’s friend and co-star wrote in “The Lonely Life”, her autobiography, that “Hollywood actors will be forever in Olivia’s debt,” Afterwards, De Havilland recalled how worthwhile the ruling was for her.
“I was very proud of that decision, for it corrected a serious abuse of the contract system — a forced extension of a contract beyond its legal term. Among those who benefited by the decision were the actors who fought in World War II and who, throughout that conflict, were on suspension,” the actress had stated in a 1994 interview for the Screen Actors Guild.
But according to de Havilland, she obtained the freedom to pursue even better roles in award-winning movies like “To Each His Own” (1946), “The Snake Pit” (1948), and “The Heiress” (1949).