Golden Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104

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American actress Olivia de Havilland, who starred in Gone with the Wind and Robin Hood, has passed away at the age of 104.

One of the most popular and sought-after Hollywood actresses of the 1930s and 1940s, she was the last living legend of the Golden Age in Hollywood. The winner of two Oscars died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Paris, where she lived for over 60 years, her publicist Lisa Goldberg announced.

She was the older sister and rival of fellow actress Joan Fontaine, who died in December 2013 at the age of 96. Fontaine won her only Oscar in 1942 for Suspicion, beating her sister.

For her role in the drama To Each His Own (1947) de Havilland won her first Academy Award. The second Oscar went to her for the 1950 film The Heiress.

In 1945, she won a case against Warner Brothers studio over the terms of a long-term contract – she was forced to work longer than it was determined by the contract of 7 years. Her case is now considered a precedent and is called the De Havilland Decision in legal circles.

On November 17, 2008, US President George W. Bush presented Olivia de Havilland with the US National Medal of the Arts.

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