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Savannah Native & Gone With The Wind Actress Dies

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Savannah native and the oldest surviving actress of Gone with the Wind has passed away.  Alicia Rhett was born February 1, 1915 in Savannah.  Rhett was an American portrait painter and actress.  She is best remembered for her role as India Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.  Rhett and her mother moved to Charleston following the death of her father in WWI. 

She is noted to have sketched her fellow Gone with the Wind actors between takes of the film. Following Gone with the Wind, she was offered other roles, however, she returned to Charleston and to her canvas, painting portraits of Admiral Louise Emil Denfeld, and librarian Estellene P. Walker, both of which hang in the South Carolina State Library. Alicia Rhett also illustrated many books, including South Carolina Indians (1955) and her artistry can still be seen in the famed Dock Street Theatre's Coat of Arms above the stage.

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