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NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner, best known for her role as Melanie Wilkes in the 1939 epic “Gone With the Wind,” has died. She was 104.
de Havilland, who was part of Golden Age of Hollywood, went on to win a pair of Academy Awards. She would take home the Best Actress trophy for the 1946 film “To Each His Own,” and three years later for “The Heiress.”
While she gained power on the screen, de Havilland also didn’t back down when the cameras were off. She waged a legal battle with Warner Bros., who tried to extend a seven-year contract as a penalty for refusing certain roles. She would eventually win the landmark ruling still called the “de Havilland law,” ew.com said.
She continued in supporting roles into the 1970s and moved to television in the 1980s, including “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” for which she earned a Golden Globe.
But it’s those interactions with Scarlett O’ Hara (played by Vivien Leigh) in “GWTW” that fans will remember most fondly, and got her an Oscar nomination.
de Havilland died in her sleep at her home in Paris.
Completely heartbroken. R.I.P. Olivia de Havilland pic.twitter.com/NjrberIHBr
— GoldenAgeHollywood (@ClassicalCinema) July 26, 2020
“To Each His Own,” “The Heiress,” “Gone with the Wind” and so many others. A two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, Olivia de Havilland was a mainstay of Hollywood’s Golden Age and an immeasurable talent. Here's to a true legend of our industry. pic.twitter.com/VYMMNknh4v
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 26, 2020