GONE WITH THE WIND Star Alicia Rhett Passes Away at 98
The Associated Press reports that Alicia Rhett, who played India Wilkes in the 1939 film GONE WITH THE WIND, passed away on January 3, 2014. She was 98 and one of the oldest surviving cast members from the classic film, which also starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
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Rhett's character India is the sister of Ashley Wilkes, Scarlett O'Hara's first love before Rhett Butler.
According to a spokesperson for the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, SC, Rhett painted portraits of her co-stars on-set. She was a professional portrait artist and also illustrated several books.
Three original GONE WITH THE WIND cast members are still living: Olivia de Havilland, who played India's sister-in-law Melanie Wilkes; Mary Anderson, who played Maybelle Merriweather; and Mickey Kuhn, who played Beau Wilkes.