Alicia Rhett, one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With The Wind" and a professional portrait artist noted for her paintings of Charleston residents and institutions, died Friday.
She was 98.
Rhett was born Feb. 1, 1915, in Savannah, but spent the latter part of her youth in Charleston and graduated from Memminger High School.
After graduation, she worked as a painter and artist for the Works Progress Administration's restoration of the Dock Street Theatre in the former Planters Hotel.
A trained actress, Rhett starred in several local productions, including with the Footlight Players, where she was spotted by a casting director for "Gone With The Wind," who asked that she audition for a role in the film.
Rhett was cast as India Wilkes, the sister of Scarlett O'Hara's unrequited love interest, Ashley Wilkes.
Even during filming, Rhett continued to develop her artistic talents, reportedly sketching members of the cast and crew.
Upon returning to Charleston from Hollywood, Rhett retired from acting. She worked briefly as a radio personality and advertising artist before deciding to dedicate herself more fully to portraiture.
Rhett did paintings of several prominent Charleston residents and institutions, including a series of scenes at The Citadel and historical portraits of William Moultrie, Francis Marion and Joseph Manigault, among others. She also illustrated several children's books.
At the time of her death, Rhett was living at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community.
Funeral services have not yet been announced and are being handled by Stuhr's Downtown Chapel.