“Of southern gentleman and ladies
Of genteel spirits
A long ago time and place
Now Gone With The Wind”
Gone With The Wind, adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping novel of the Civil War and the Reconstruction era, premiered to enthusiastic movie audiences in 1939. Lead actors Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland mesmerized viewers with their performances.
Gable, Leigh and Howard are now gone. But Olivia deHavilland who portrayed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes with quiet determination, strength and compassion, celebrates her 101st birthday today.
While Gone With The Wind is arguably deHavilland’s most celebrated movie, her stage and movie career spans decades. She made her screen debut in 1935 in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of her most notable and successful onscreen romantic pairing was opposite Erroll Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood.
DeHavilland won an Academy Award for her performances in To Each His Own and The Heiress and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in The Snake Pit. In addition, she has been honored with Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
In addition to numerous stage and big screen roles, deHavilland has graced the small screen. In 1979, she appeared in the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. In 1986, deHavilland had a role in another Civil War themed miniseries, John Jakes’ North and South, Book 2.
Olivia deHavilland currently lives in Paris. On her 101th birthday, we celebrate and honor her creative artistry and charitable work. Olivia deHavilland has exhibited grace and inner and outer beauty that is everlasting and unlikely to be gone with the wind.
Update: On July 25, 2020 Olivia de Halliand passed away
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