The Last Surviving “Gone With The Wind” Star Just Celebrated 102nd Birthday

She’s an icon of old Hollywood, starring
alongside such actors as Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. She’s one of the few treasures of the Silver
Screen era left. PEOPLE announced that Olivia de Havilland
turned 102. The 2-time Oscar-winning actress has lived
in Paris for decades. she’s the only living primary cast member
of the 1939 classic film, “Gone With The Wind.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for
her performance of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, the sister-in-law and eventual best friend
of lead character, Scarlett O’Hara played by Leigh. Though de Havilland didn’t take home a coveted
statue for her performance, she did win one for her performances in “To Each His Own”,
1946, and the 1949 romance “The Heiress.” The icon’s latest role wasn’t for one
she played on screen. She was the oldest person to be named a dame
by Queen Elizabeth II. The 100-year-old gracious lady told PEOPLE
in a written statement that she was “extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame
Commander of the Order of the British Empire,” continuing that, “to receive this honour
as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents.” Happy birthday, Ms de Havilland!


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