“Gone with the Wind” star Olivia de Havilland, who also gained an Academy Award for her position in one other film, died at 104, in accordance with her publicist, Lisa Goldberg.
Goldberg advised TheWrap that she died at her house in Paris, France, of natural causes.
The longtime actress, who was born in 1916 in imperial Japan to British mother and father, performed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in “Gone with the Wind,” who had a battle with Scarlett O’Hara, performed by Vivien Leigh.
She also appeared in movies akin to “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” and gained Oscars for her performances in “To Each His Personal” and “The Heiress.”
Her biggest impression perhaps occurred when she sued Warner Bros. in 1943 to realize freedom from the studio after her contract with the company had expired. The previous interpretation of the contracts meant that she would have needed to work longer than her seven-year contract and the years of actual service to the company can be spread over a longer time period, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The authorized battle and victory is now generally known as The De Havilland Choice.
“I was deeply gratified when, returning to MGM after his lengthy and distinguished army service, Jimmy Stewart requested the courtroom on the idea of that call for a ruling on his contract—and thus the contracts of different actor-veterans—and acquired, in fact, a positive verdict,” de Havilland stated in 1992.
She added of the case: “Once I gained the final spherical of my case on Feb. three, 1945, every actor was now confirmed as free of his long-term contract at the finish of its seven-year term, no matter how many suspensions he had taken throughout those seven years. No one thought I might win, however after I did, flowers, letters, and telegrams arrived from my fellow actors. This was wonderfully rewarding.”
Meanwhile, in the 1940s, when she joined the Unbiased Citizens’ Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions, she was asked to deliver a speech for the committee that contained views from the Communist Social gathering USA, and the group was later identified as a front organization, according to the Wall Road Journal.
The actress also famous that the group “not often embraced the sort of unbiased spirit it publicly proclaimed. It all the time ended up siding with the Soviet Union regardless that the rank-and-file members have been noncommunist,” the report stated.
She advised the paper: “I assumed, ‘If we reserve the suitable to criticize the American insurance policies, why don’t we reserve the suitable to criticize Russia?'” Of the group, she added: “I noticed a nucleus of individuals was controlling the organization and not using a majority of the members of the board being aware of it. And I knew they needed to be communists.”