Sunday, June 18, 2006

Screen Legend

A tribute to her work by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday night -- was a roaring success. She had an audience of film industry movers and shakers leaping to their feet to applaud the screen legend and her tales of a long-lost Hollywood. Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of the 1939 classic "Gone with the Wind" and two-time winner of the Oscar as best actress, received another accolade Thursday evening — a rare tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“I’m told I’m only the fourth person to get such a tribute,” she said proudly in advance of the ceremony. It feature film clips of de Havilland’s long career, accompanied by her own remembrances.

De Havilland, a luminous beauty who won hearts as Melanie in "Gone with the Wind" and two Oscars for tragic turns in "To Each His Own" and "The Heiress," made her entrance walking briskly down the aisle of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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