He was 104 on July 2, Olivia de Havilland, known above all for the role of Melania in Gone with the Wind, film of which she was the last survivor of the entire cast. Melania was the female co-protagonist of the film alongside the famous Rossella O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh.
Olivia de Havilland died on July 26 in Paris, where she lived. For Gone With the Wind, had only received one nomination as a supporting actress. In 1942 she had been vying for the Oscars against her sister / rival Joan Fontaine (who later won with The suspect by Alfred Hitchcock). Only in 1946 did she get her first statuette for best actress, for To each his own destiny, the second in 1950 for The heiress. At the Venice Film Festival 1949 he won the Volpi Cup for the best female interpretation in The pit of snakes. The actress, British by birth but naturalized American, had retired from the scene in 1988. In 2017 Queen Elizabeth II had awarded her with the prestigious honor of the Lady of the British Empire.
Gone With the Wind, considered by many to be a milestone in American cinema, was at the center of controversy because he was accused of racism, following protests by the Black Lives Matter movement, triggered by the death of George Floyd.