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Olivia de Havilland from "Gone with the Wind" Dead at 104

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 26, 2020
01:19 P.M.
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Olivia de Havilland, one of the very last stars from the Golden Era and the last surviving member of the "Gone With the Wind" cast has recently passed away at the age of 104.

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De Havilland, one of the most prestigious, respected and admired actresses in Hollywood, drew her last breath on Sunday in Paris, where she resided.

Actress Olivia de Havilland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Ms. de Havilland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Actress Olivia de Havilland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Ms. de Havilland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

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HER CAUSE OF DEATH

According to Lisa Goldberg, her publicist, the celebrated star died from natural causes, having moved on in the most peaceful way possible.

It has been reported that De Havilland was known for her beautiful diction, which was once praised by director Mervyn LeRoy:

"If ever there was a born actress it is Olivia de Havilland. Her diction is superb. She can deliver a line with any inflection a director wants, as accurately as if it were played on a piano."

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HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED

The late star was also known for her gentle nature, kindness and beauty. All those attributes contributed to her passion and expertise when it came to bringing sympathetic characters to life.

Initially, de Havilland, who was born in Tokyo, wanted to become a teacher but her incredible talent was spotted by a scout during a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" while she was in school.

Legendary "The Heiress" and "To Each His Own" actress Olivia de Havilland near her home in Paris, 10th December 1987, France | Photo: George Phillips/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Legendary "The Heiress" and "To Each His Own" actress Olivia de Havilland near her home in Paris, 10th December 1987, France | Photo: George Phillips/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

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The actress had a quick rise to fame, but she later recalled how quick success can be dangerous and how it took her by surprise, claiming that she "didn't understand" what was happening to her.

The late 104-year-old died just two days after famous television host Regis Philbin

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A LIFETIME OF SUCCESSES

During her career, de Havilland received two Academy Awards for "The Heiress" and "To Each His Own," and starred in movies such as "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Snake Pit" and "Hold Back the Dawn."

She was married to Marcus Goodrich from 1946 to 1953, with whom she had a son named Benjamin, and then to Pierre Galante from 1955 to 1979, with whom she shared a daughter named Gisele.

Both her son and Galante died back in 1991 and de Havilland spent her golden years in France, where she moved to in 1995 and felt right at home.

The late 104-year-old died just two days after famous television host Regis Philbin, who also died of natural causes on Friday night at the age of 88.

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