Saturday, January 11, 2014

Death of Alicia Rhett, 98, Oldest Surviving "GWTW" Cast Member

From Jan. 8, 2014, AP. Normally, this would be in my History Blog, but considering the movie, I decided to write about it here. //// Died Jan. 3, 2014 //// Played one of Ashley Wilkes' sisters, India Wilkes, in the movie "Gone With the Wind." She was the oldest surviving cast member of the 1939 film, which has its 75th anniversary this year and some people still consider it the greatest American movie. //// Three cast members still live: OLIVIA de HAVILAND, 97 Wilkes' wife Melanie and only love; MARY ANDERSON, 93, played Maybelle Merriweather (who actually had aufitioned for the role of Scarlet O'Hara) and MICKEY KUHN, 81, who played Beau Wilkes, son of Ashley and Melanie. In the movie, he was born in Atlanta, Geiorgia, as it fell to Union forces and Rhett and Scarlett went for that famous ride out of town. //// ALICIA RHETT was born in 1915 in Savannah, Georgia. //// I had to look up MARY ANDERSON as I didn't remember her. She was in the Atlanta Bazaar scene that prompted Scarlett to declare that her skin "looks as green as old cheese." //// --Old Secesh

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