The Last Surviving “Gone With The Wind” Cast Member Is 101

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On the Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s birthday. On July 1, de Havilland will turn 101.

MGMBut three days before that, it’s time to celebrate the birthday of an American icon: Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving principal cast member of “Gone With the Wind.”

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A Long, Successful Career

Her career has included roles in 49 feature films.

While her portrayal of Melanie in “Gone With the Wind” may be what she’s best known for, she has two Academy Awards for best actress for her work in other films: “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress.”

De Havilland has been awarded a number of state distinctions on top of her artistic awards, including National Medal of the Arts from President George W. Bush.

And just this month, de Havilland was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama, joining a long list of famous actresses who’ve been given the British distinction, including Julie Andres, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury and Elizabeth Taylor.

So now she’s Dame Olivia de Havilland to you.

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