Olivia de Havilland, star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 104.

De Havilland’s career spanned more than 50 years and almost 50 feature films, and she was the last surviving actor from Gone with the Wind (1939).

The film earned her one of her five Oscar nominations.

De Havilland, who has lived in Paris since 1960, was central in taking down Hollywood’s studio system, giving actors better contracts.

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She also had a tempestuous relationship with her sister, fellow Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine.

At the time of her death, De Havilland was the oldest living performer to have won an Oscar.

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born in Tokyo in 1916 and soon moved to California with her family.

The BBC said she made her breakthrough in Captain Blood, opposite Errol Flynn, and the pair developed an immediate chemistry.

De Havilland was then cast in the role of Melanie in David O Selznick’s epic adaptation of the Margaret Mitchell novel, Gone with the Wind.

She lost the best supporting actress to Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in the film.

Olivia de Havilland was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire