Back in 1939, a little movie took the world by storm. My Dad told me he remembered when it opened as he went to see it and there was a line-up around the block just to get in.
The movie was taken from author Margaret Mitchell’s best selling novel of the same name, Gone With The Wind.
The movie starred Clark Gable as that scoundrel Rhett Butler and the far from shy, rough and tumble Southern Belle, Katie “Scarlett” O’Hara, played by my favorite actress Vivien Leigh.
Other names come to mind when one hears this movie title, Leslie Howard who played Ashley Wilkes, Hattie McDaniel who played Mammy and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first African American actress to win an Oscar.
Then there’s the always classy and never one short on words, Olivia DeHavilland who played the big-hearted Melanie Wilkes.
That classy lady is the last one standing as it were…..and she just turned 103 on Canada Day.
103 years old with a career that has spanned 53 years, from 1935 to 1988. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. She was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in England.
And, while her relationship with younger sister Joan Fontaine remained strained until Fontaine’s death at age 96 in 2013, they are the only siblings in history to be be awarded with an Oscar in a lead acting category.
If you’re a fan, pick up her book called Every Frenchman Has One and you might see why she lives to tell the tale at 103, she is truly a remarkable lady.
A lady she truly is, happy 103rd birthday to you Miss Olivia Dehavilland 🙂
Source and Photo Credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcberman1/2019/07/01/gone-with-the-wind-star-olivia-de-havilland-turns-103/amp/?fbclid=IwAR1up9-U-kdrepPXPHyKl5uvu2-uCqxqKVKNTEXHIR6uZX8AUZnkrgYIrhQ