Gone With The Wind Starring Olivia de Havilland


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. 


6 thoughts on “Gone With The Wind Starring Olivia de Havilland

  1. Dear Lauren,

    I was just wondering if you know whether or not you’ll be able to participate in the “Singing Sweethearts Blogathon.” If you find that you will be able to participate, please let me know so I can put you down on the roster! I believe Tiffany mentioned it to you in a previous comment, and I would like very much to know if you will be able to participate.

    If you need any suggestions, I would be glad to give some. Since you may write about movies which Jeanette and Nelson made separately, as well as the ones they made together, there are quite a few films from which to choose.

    Please let me know if you can participate. The blogathon is drawing near, and I have few participants, so I would greatly appreciate a contribution from you.

    Many thanks and good wishes!


    Rebekah Brannan

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      1. Dear Lauren,

        Thank you so much for responding! Although the original time frame for the blogathon was 12-14, we are allowing submissions throughout this week. Basically, we are thrilled to have anyone who wants to respond, since we appreciate the publicity which it gives to our website. Just be sure to include a banner for the blogathon and a link to our roster: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/ring-the-assembly-bell-the-singing-sweethearts-blogathon-has-arrived/.

        Thank you again for responding. We look forward to your article!


        Rebekah Brannan


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