‘Gone With The Wind’ Star Olivia de Havilland Is As Gorgeous As Ever At 103

Olivia de Havilland, best known for starring in the 1939 classic film Gone With The Wind, celebrated her 103rd birthday last month, and she is still as beautiful as ever.

Eighty years after starring as Melanie Wilkes in the movie, de Havilland is still going strong at 103.

Though de Havilland was born in Japan, her parents were both British and she had French, British and American citizenship. She made her film debut in 1935’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she skyrocketed to fame with 1939’s Gone With The Wind. The star won two Best Actress Academy Awards in her career, the first being for 1947’s To Each His Own and the second in 1950 for The Heiress. She retired from acting in 1988, and she has been living in Paris, France ever since.

Two years ago, de Havilland received a major honor when Queen Elizabeth II named her a Dame Commander. At 101 years of age, she is the oldest person to ever receive this honor, and she said at the time that she is “extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.”

“To receive this honor as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents,” she continued.

de Havilland still does a New York Times crossword puzzle every day, and she has attributed her long life to love, laughter and light. We would like to wish her a very happy birthday, and many more to come!


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