Alicia Rhett

Invited to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick with the offer of a part in his Technicolor Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind" (1939), theater actress Alicia Rhett could never be said to have overstayed her welcome ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1915 in Savannah, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

India Wilkes (Actor)

Biography

Invited to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick with the offer of a part in his Technicolor Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind" (1939), theater actress Alicia Rhett could never be said to have overstayed her welcome. Assigned the minor but memorable role of India Wilkes, doe-eyed rival to star Vivien Leigh for the affection of beaus Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy, Rhett fulfilled her contract with Selznick and returned home long before the Academy Award nominations were announced and the Oscars handed out the following year. Uninterested in the trappings of celebrity, Rhett remained bound to her hometown of Savannah, GA for the rest of her long life, excelling as a society portraitist and as a chronicler of its working classes, its school children, domestic servants and of the American serviceman who passed through during World War II. Intensely private, Rhett refused - politely, ever politely - more offers for interviews than she accepted, preferring work and solitude to attention and acclaim. With the eventual deaths of her "Gone with the Wind" co-stars, however, Rhett resigned herself with characteristic Southern grace to the fact that she had become the film's oldest surviving credited cast member - rivaled only by Olivia de Havilland, with whom she had once vied for the more substantial supporting role of Melanie Hamilton - and a living link to one of the greatest achievements in motion picture history.

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