As Gone With The Wind celebrated its 80th anniversary with special screenings in theatres, it set a new record as the highest-grossing classic movie for Fathom Events having amassed $2.23 million in the box office in only a few days.
So while the 1939 Academy Award-winning classic is still going strong as ever, one of the movie’s stars is still beautiful as ever. I am talking about Olivia de Havilland, who at 102 is an icon in the entertainment industry, despite having retired from acting over three decades ago.
TIL Olivia de Havilland is still alive at age 102. pic.twitter.com/AAA4Ft8J5c
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De Havilland is considered to be one of the greatest actresses of all time, and is a living legend in Hollywood. Other than that, the former actress can also brag about having been the oldest person to be honored as a “Dame Commander” by Queen Elizabeth II. She earned the title in 2017 shortly before she turned 101 when she attended the Queen’s birthday.
She told The Epoch Times at the time, “To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents.” She also spoke for People magazine last year, saying she is “extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”
Olivia de Haviland, superviviente casi única (junto a Kirk) del viejo Hollywood, es Dama Comendadora de la Orden del Imperio Británico. pic.twitter.com/T9xo1FvBBC
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De Havilland features quite a few movies under her belt, but her appearance as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With The Wind is one of the most memorable. But it turns out that even though she played that character to perfection, she initially felt that she could not really relate to her, as she told Vanity Fair.
#TrophyUnlocked‘s #SaturdayMorning #Review takes a long overdue look at Gone With the Wind (1939). Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDonald. Directed by Victor Fleming. #Romance https://t.co/vsKQG1xo6l pic.twitter.com/aj5OYZwxTO
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However, that was only the character as portrayed in Margaret Michell’s book, in which the movie is based, because when Sidney Howard adapted it for the screen, Olivia not only related to the character but also came to admire and love her.
“But when I read Sidney Howard’s wonderful script, Melanie seemed like a totally different character. I liked her, I admired her, I loved her!” she said. Which is ultimately what probably earned her the Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in the drama.
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Though she failed to snatch the Oscar for Gone With The Wind, she did win the prestigious award for Best Actress for her role in the 1946 movie To Each His Own. In 1950, she won her second Oscar as Best Actress for her role in The Heiress.
Here is Olivia de Havilland in her first winning Oscar dress, when she won for To Each His Own. This dress was designed by the first African-American to become a noted fashion designer, Ann Lowe. Later in her career, Lowe also designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress. #Oscars @tcm pic.twitter.com/vqhwn8RurU
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Though Gone With The Wind is considered one of her best works out of the 50+ movies she’s worked on, the very best is deemed by many to be her work in the 1948’s The Snake Pit.
Olivia de Havilland in a publicity photo for The Snake Pit (1948) pic.twitter.com/JrUceFwcY1
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So yes, Olivia de Havilland has had a very accomplished career and she is to this day considered one of the best actresses in Hollywood.
Also S/O to Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Wilkes) who’s still hotter than me at 102 pic.twitter.com/SdvcQC1YQo
— Påtrîck (@titanic_survivr) March 18, 2019
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And despite her age, she still has her incredible grace and manner, which she says she owes it to “the three L’s – love, laughter, and light.”
Talk about aging with grace!