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The Hollywood star and star of “Gone with the Wind”, Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner, died this Sunday at the age of 104 in Paris, where she resided, her agent announced.
“Olivia de Havilland passed away peacefully of natural causes,” US agent Lisa Goldberg said in a statement.
De Havilland, who starred in other blockbusters and worked in a duet with actors as important as Errol Flynn, epitomized the glamor and elegance of a bygone golden age of filmmaking.
His death comes just five months after the death of another exponent of Hollywood’s golden age: Kirk Douglas, who died in February at the age of 103.
Born Olivia Mary de Havilland on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, the star had lived in Paris since the early 1950s.
She received honors such as the National Medal of Arts, the French Legion of Honor, and was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire.
She was married twice, first to the writer Marcus Goodrich in 1946, whose marriage lasted until 1953, and then to the journalist Pierre Galante, editor of the French magazine Paris Match.
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With a reputation for being a profitable star for any genre, she starred in 49 films from 1935 to 2009.
She played the unforgettable character Melanie Hamilton in “Gone with the Wind,” Victor Fleming’s famous 1939 film, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. It was Vivien Leigh who played the leading lady Scarlett O’Hara.
But he starred alongside Errol Flynn in “Captain Blood” (1935) and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1949).
Five times nominated for an Oscar, she won the Best Actress categories twice, for “The Intimate Life of Julia Norris” (Mitchell Leisen, 1946) and for “The Heiress” (William Wyler, 1949).
For this last film, she also received a Golden Globe, an award that also earned her her role as a supporting actress in the television miniseries “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.”
The Academy of Oscars highlighted de Havilland on Twitter as “a true legend of the film industry”, “a pillar of Hollywood’s golden age and an immeasurable talent.”
“The world has lost an international treasure,” his former lawyer Suzelle Smith told AFP. “She would like to be remembered with joy, pride and a glass of champagne!”
Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Festival, recalled in statements to AFP that Olivia de Havilland was “the first female president of the jury” of the French film event.
“And at a time when the place of women in cinema and in society in general is questioned, we must remember her above all for the force she had to attack the studio system to free actresses from contracts that exploited them” He added, assuring that this “queen of Hollywood” had shown “strength and courage” throughout her career.
“Olivia de Havilland spent part of her life making people forget that she was capable of playing other roles in addition to the pretty and well-educated young ladies. Total: 2 Oscars and the first female presidency of the Cannes festival jury + a dispute with her sister Joan Fontaine “former festival president Gilles Jacob tweeted.
Indeed, he had no relationship since 1975 with his sister, whose real name was Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland and she died in 2013.
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Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104