Olivia de Havilland dies

Golden Age Hollywood star was 104

by Jennie Kermode

Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind
Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind

Olivia Havilland, who starred in Gone With The Wind and played Maid Marian opposite Errol Flynn in The Adventures Of Robin Hood, has passed away at the age of 104, it emerged today.

Five times Oscar nominated and a two time Best Actress winner, de Havilland was made a dame in 2017 for her services to acting. She appeared in 49 films over the course of her career, including The Heiress, To Each His Own and Captain Blood. A product of the studio system, she became frustrated with way that it limited her career and took on the might of Warner Bros in a lawsuit which, when she won, changed the system forever. Later, bored with acting, she worked as a journalist.

De Havilland died in her sleep from natural causes at her home in Paris, a city she adored and returned to at every opportunity over the course of her long life. She is survived by her daughter Gisèle.

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