Acting Legend Olivia De Havilland Dies At 104
The two-time Oscar winner and “Gone with the Wind” star was also a vocal opponent of unfair labor laws and sexism in Hollywood.
Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars of Hollywood’s golden age and the oldest living Academy Award winner, died on Sunday at her home in Paris. She was 104.
Her talent agent Jim Wilhem confirmed to HuffPost that de Havilland died peacefully from natural causes.
Gracing the silver screen in both big and small roles, in a career stretching over 50 years, de Havilland was perhaps best known for her performance as Melanie Hamilton in “Gone with the Wind,” and for making multiple films with Errol Flynn. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for “To Each His Own” in 1946 and for “The Heiress” in 1949.
She is also forever enshrined in the history of workplace law, scoring a major legal victory over the Hollywood studio system in 1944 that became informally known as “the de Havilland law.” Her lawsuit against Warner Brothers resulted in California state regulations that limited the extent to which artists could be bound to contracts. It catalyzed the eventual end of the powerful studio system, which often constrained actors’ career opportunities.
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