Olivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, turns 104

Olivia de Havilland, one of the stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, is celebrating yet another year of life.

The multiple-time Oscar winner, known for her performance as Melanie Wilkes in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind,” rang in her 104th birthday on Wednesday.

De Havilland, who was born in Tokyo to British parents, has lived in Paris since 1956 and was named a dame by Great Britain in 2017. Her sister was actress Joan Fontaine, who died in 2013 at this of 96.

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Olivia de Havilland disagreed with her projection of herself in Ryan Murphy’s FX show, ‘Feud.’ She filed a suit against FX networks saying her likeness was illegally used by Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of her 99th birthday, de Havilland said she was completely embracing her older age.

“So how do I feel about older age? Crazy about it!” she said, adding that she “wouldn’t trade it for anything!”

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De Havilland’s role as Melanie in “Gone with the Wind” catapulted her to fame and she went on to win Academy Awards on her roles in “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress.”

“Gone with the Wind” recently came ultimately back to HBO Max after the film was pulled from the newly launched streaming service amid heightened racial tension around the world following death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes.

Actress Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie in 'Gone With the Wind,' poses for a photograph Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Los Angeles. 

Actress Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ poses for an image Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Los Angeles. 
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In March, a lawsuit de Havilland filed against FX Networks over her depiction in a miniseries in regards to the feud between her, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford was dismissed.

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The court said the portrayal of de Havilland in “Feud,” developed by producer Ryan Murphy, was overwhelmingly positive and fundamentally dismissed her lawsuit.