12:11 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Gone With the Wind
Originally posted 06/12/2012 10:30AM
Ann Rutherford, the sweet-faced MGM starlet who achieved immortality as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, died Monday evening in her Beverly Hills home, reports the Los Angeles Times. She was 94.
The actress, who also made her mark opposite Mickey Rooney when she played Andy Hardy's girlfriend Polly Benedict in that all-American boy series in the late '30s, had been in declining health with heart problems, according to the newspaper.
Born in Vancouver to a singer father and a silent-film actress, Rutherford moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was nine, and as a teen figured out that if she became a radio actress she could get out of school. So she became a radio actress.
Originally posted 08/25/2008 03:05PM
Fred Crane, who had been one of the last remaining survivors from the cast of Gone With the Wind, died Thursday of complications from diabetes, his wife, Terry Lynn Crane, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 90.
The couple had lived in Barnesville, south of Atlanta, where they ran a bed and breakfast called Tarleton Oaks – after Brent Tarleton, Crane's role in the 1939 Civil War epic. George Reeves, who was later TV's Superman, played his twin brother in the story, Stuart Tarleton.
Crane, a New Orleans native who was 20 at the time, actually delivered the opening line in the movie. Sitting with his brother and the beautiful Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) on the front porch of her plantation, Tara, he says: "What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is going to start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow."
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