Alicia Rhett Dies at 98

Alicia Rhett, a Southern actress who gained minor stardom on the strength of a single movie role – as the spinster India Wilkes, in 1939’s Gone With the Wind – has died.

She was 98 and the oldest surviving cast member of the Oscar-winning Civil War epic, based on the Margaret Mitchell novel.

A spokesperson for the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, S.C., where Rhett had lived since 2002 (she never married), told the Associated Press that she succumbed to natural causes around 5 p.m. Friday.

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Best Actress, Dies at 96

Hollywood stalwart Joan Fontaine, best known for her roles in director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 Rebecca and her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in his 1940 film Suspicion, died Sunday at her northern California home, according to several reports. She was 96.

Details of her death were not immediately available.

'Gone With the Wind' Items Sweep Auction

Frankly, my dear, the fans still give a damn. The Associated Press reports that a gray-and-rose woolen sweater worn by “Gone With the Wind” costar Olivia De Havilland sold for $16,730 as Georgia collector Herb Bridges, 72, auctioned off most of his collection of memorabilia from the 1939 romantic Civil War epic, long considered the most popular movie of all time. The items, amassed by Bridges over the past four decades and sold as 348 individual lots at Christie’s in New York this week, took in a total of $334,000.