'Gone With The Wind" actress dies at 98 in Charleston

  • Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 9:55 p.m.
Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O'Hara and Alicia Rhett (right) as India Wilkes. Rhett, the oldest surviving cast member of "Gone with the Wind"¯ has died in Charleston. She was 98.

The oldest surviving cast member of "Gone with the Wind" died in Charleston. She was 98.

Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes in the 1939 film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

Kimberly Farfone Borts, a spokeswoman for the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community on James Island, told The Associated Press that Rhett died about 5 p.m. Friday at Bishop Gadsden, where she had lived since August 2002.

In the movie, India Wilkes is a sister of Ashley Wilkes, with whom Scarlett O'Hara is deeply in love before Ashley marries his cousin and Scarlett becomes involved with Rhett Butler.

The news release says Alicia Rhett was born Feb. 1, 1915, in Savannah.

Borts said Rhett also was a portrait painter who sketched her fellow actors on the set.

On the Web:

Alicia Rhett's Wikipedia entry

Internet Movie Database

Alicia Rhett on Facebook

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