Tribute to Gone With The Wind actress Dame Olivia de Havilland after her death at the age of 104.
The actress, one of the last surviving figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died at home in Paris, her representatives confirmed.
A statement said, “Last night the world lost an international treasure and I lost a dear friend and a beloved customer. She died peacefully in Paris. ‘
The legacy of fellow Hollywood greatness Humphrey Bogart, the Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG-AFTRA actor’s union were among those who paid tribute.
The Bogart estate, led by the late actor’s son, described Dame Olivia in a statement as a “true classic Hollywood icon.”
It said, “We have lost a truly classic Hollywood icon. Legendary Olivia de Havilland died in Paris at the age of 104.
“The two-time Oscar winner and Gone With The Wind star successfully fought the studio system in the 1940s.”
We’ve lost a truly classic Hollywood icon. Legendary Olivia de Havilland died in Paris at the age of 104. The two-time Oscar winner and star Gone With the Wind successfully fought the studio system in the 1940s. Photo: Olivia and Bogie won the Picturegoer Awards 1953 in London. pic.twitter.com/9JAmjr5YWb
– BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) July 26, 2020
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– The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 26, 2020
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, said in a statement, “To each of him, the heiress, away with the wind and many others.
Olivia de Havilland, two-time Oscar winner for Best Actress, was a mainstay of Hollywood’s Golden Age and an immeasurable talent. Here is a true legend of our industry. “
The Golden Globe Awards, with Dame Olivia nominated three times and winning twice, shared a brief tribute.
It said, “Olivia de Havilland, the legendary Golden Age Hollywood star, passed away at the age of 104. Rest in peace.”
With deep respect we mourn the death of an Oscar-winning Hollywood legend and @sagaftra actress Olivia de Havilland. Her guys & grit to take on the studio system in 1945 helped her fellow actors for generations to come. Our condolences to family and friends. https://t.co/PTSJ2XamOm
– SAG-AFTRA Foundation (@sagaftraFOUND) July 26, 2020
SAG-AFTRA, where the Screen Actors Guild Awards are held, added, “With deep respect we mourn the death of Oscar-winning Hollywood legend & @ sagaftra actress Olivia de Havilland.
“Her (guts) & grit to take on the studio system in 1945 helped her fellow actors for generations to come. Our condolences to family and friends. “
In a clear reference to the announcement of the death of Fleetwood Mac Peter Green co-founder on Saturday, actor William Shatner said, “Not a good weekend: the great Olivia de Havilland is over.”
Not a good weekend: the big Olivia de Havilland is over
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 26, 2020
I just heard the sad news about Olivia de Havilland. One of the greats of the Golden Age. Her performance as Melanie in Gone With The Wind was sublime.
My thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/FIZcbASPWB
– Dehenna Davison MP #StayAlertSaveLives (@DehennaDavison) July 26, 2020
Dehenna Davison, Conservative Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland, said: “I have just heard the sad news about Olivia de Havilland. One of the greats of the Golden Age. Her performance as Melanie in Gone With The Wind was sublime.
“My thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
She won two Best Actress Oscars for her roles in 1946’s To Each His Own and 1949’s The Heiress.
However, she is best remembered for her role as Melanie Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone With The Wind and was the last surviving member of the lead role before her death.
Dame Olivia was born in Tokyo on July 1, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme – to British parents, but moved to California at an early age.
She first appeared on the big screen in 1935 as Dolly Stevens in Alibi Ike.
She quickly became known for her collaboration with Hollywood heartthrob Errol Flynn on films such as The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) and The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938), although they never started a romantic relationship.
After leaving Hollywood in the 1950s, the actress moved to Paris with her second husband.
She made a number of TV appearances and often worked on several film titles every year until her last TV movie role as Aunt Bessie Merryman in The Woman He Loved in 1988.
Her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, with whom she had a famous rivalry, followed in her footsteps and won an Oscar for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 thriller Suspicion.
In 2017, she was made a lady for services to drama.
She said in a statement to the PA news agency at the time: “I am extremely proud that the Queen appointed me as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
“To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches is the most satisfying birthday present.”
Dame Olivia was also responsible for the so-called “De Havilland Law,” a historic 1944 statement that ended the tight grip studios had on contract players.
In 2019, she lost her lawsuit over a television series she claimed had portrayed her as false and dishonest.
In the anthology series Feud: Bette And Joan from FX, about the lives of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Catherine Zeta Jones plays Dame Olivia.
She claimed that producers were guilty of “unauthorized and false use” of her “name and reputation.”
Gone With The Wind was recently the center of controversy after being removed from the HBO Max streaming service due to its pre-Civil War South portrayal.
It has since returned with a message that it “denies the horrors of slavery.”