The 1939 movie Gone With The Wind gave movie enthusiasts their first real taster of Olivia de Havilland as a dramatic actress. Beforehand, de Havilland had gained a seven – year contract with Warner Brothers which lead to them using Errol Flynn as her frequent co-star. They had previously been seen together in Captain Blood 1935.
Gone With The Wind was a drama based on The Civil War and using knowledge from the great Margaret Mitchell novel. It was one of the top films of that year. The character Melanie Hamilton was played by de Havilland. Melanie was a kind and gentle soul opposed to Vivien Leigh’s fearless and fiery portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara. Melanie and Scarlett fought for the attentions of Ashley Wilkes ( Leslie Howard ) which resulted in Melanie winning his affections. Scarlett eventually ended up with the very handsome Rhett Butler ( Clark Gable ).
Olivia de Havilland’s portrayal of Melanie won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Sadly, she lost out to fellow cast actress Hattie McDaniel.