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July 04, 2018

'Gone with the Wind' star celebrates 102nd birthday

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Legendary actress from the Hollywood epic Gone with the Wind celebrated a milestone that can't be achieved by many. 

The iconic De Havilland, who is also the lone survivor of the 1939-romantic film Gone with the Wind, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Sunday, as reported by Page Six.

De Havilland won two Oscars for the Best Actress in her acting career. She was named a "Dame" by Great Britain last year and has resided in Paris since 1956.

De Havilland acted in 49 movies and was one of the leading actresses during the Golden Age of Hollywood movies. She made notable performances in the 1938-film The Adventures of Robin Hood and the 1939-classic Gone with the Wind. 

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She delivered award-winning performances in the 1946-flick To Each His Own, the 1948-drama The Snake Pit, and The Heiress in 1949

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De Havilland was born in Tokyo to British parents in 1916. She and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved with their mother in 1919 to California.

De Havilland and her sister were raised by their mother Lilian, a former stage actress who instilled the skills of drama, music, and elocution in them.

De Havilland's first acting gig was in an amateur theatre in Alice in Wonderland. In 1935, she made her screen debut in Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Read more about Olivia de Havilland on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

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In an interview to Entertainment Weekly on January 29, 2015, just before her 99th birthday, de Havilland shared that old age was a thrilling experience for her. She added that she wouldn't trade it off for anything else.

De Havilland’s role as Melanie in the 1939 Hollywood blockbuster Gone with the Wind rocketed her to fame but did not win her an Oscar. She won Academy Awards for her roles in The Snake Pit and The Heiress

Gone with the Wind was one the most iconic films of Hollywood and received ten Academy Awards from thirteen nominations. The movie had the highest total number of wins and nominations in the history of the Oscars.

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De Havilland recently made her way into the news cycle after she filed a lawsuit against FX Networks over her depiction in a miniseries, Feud, based on the feud between her, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

The lawsuit was dismissed in March as the court believed that the portrayal of de Havilland in the series was overwhelmingly positive.

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