I knew Olivia de Havilland was still alive but...As of 2012, there were four surviving credited cast members from the film. Alicia Rhett (born February 1, 1915), who played India Wilkes, is the oldest surviving cast member. Also surviving are Olivia de Havilland (born July 1, 1916), who played Melanie Wilkes; Mary Anderson (born April 3, 1920), who played Maybelle Meriweather; and Mickey Kuhn (born September 21, 1932), who played Beau Wilkes./end daily triviaJeff
And note that Rutherford's friend Ann Jeffreys is still with us, too.
I was a huge Topper fan as a kid. I wonder if that is on DVD.Yes it is, and not expensive at all.Jeff
Sounds like you stood a better chance at longevity by being cast as a Wilkes.
In the novel, Ann's character, Careen O'Hara, becomes a nun after her fiance's death on the battlefield. I don't know if they kept that in the movie./The word is, Olivia de Havilland and her sister, Joan Fontaine, hate each other so much that neither wants to be the first one to die. So scrappiness, if nothing else, is keeping them both alive.
"Sounds like you stood a better chance at longevity by being cast as a Wilkes."Not if your name was Ashley Wilkes. Leslie Howard was the first major cast member to die, in 1943, just four years after the film was made. Something else to hat the Nazis for.
Deb, apparently they haven't spoken in decades. Some claim the feud began when the less experienced Joan was the first to win the Oscar, but judging from families I have known (ahem) I'd guess it goes back to childhood.Olivia is 95 (will turn 96 on July 1) and Joan is 94.That's a long time to hate. Families.Jeff
Yeah, my grandparents were marrid for 65 years and hated every minute of it. My Dad used to say that it was only the desire not to be the first one to go that kept them both going. However, when my grandmother finally died (not long after breaking her hip), my grandfather did not live long afterwards./As you say, families....
Nevertheless, Brett, there are more ex-Wilkes portrayers extant than any other characters from GWTW..
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