The film star in Gone With the Wind was also known for her fight to change the contract system in Hollywood.
Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, best known for her role as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind, has passed away at the age of 104.
Publicist Lisa Goldberg reported that the actress died of natural causes on Sunday at her home in Paris. She was one of the last great stars of the studio era and the last Gone With the Wind main cast member to survive. She saw this as ironic, since the fragile, self-sacrificing Wilkes was the only major character to die in the film.
De Havilland won Oscars for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress. She has starred with Errol Flynn in several films, including The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Due to her appearance, the actress received typical romantic roles, despite the desire for more difficult acting tasks. Her frustration led her to sue Warner Bros. in 1943, when the studio wanted to keep her on a contract after it expired, arguing that she had to work for another six months due to rejections of roles. An appellate court in California ruled in her favor, ruling that the studio could not renew the contract without the consent of the artist.
The decision of the court is still unofficially called the “de Havilland Act”.