Some people's lifework is measured in wealth, power or political influence. Alicia Rhett's is measured in beauty.

Through her art, her stage presence and her own gentle persona, Miss Rhett left the world a lovelier place - a fine legacy, to say the least.

That isn't to say she didn't enjoy some fame in the process.

As India Wilkes in the movie, she became a household name to "Gone With the Wind" enthusiasts, and to the people of Charleston who proudly claimed her as their own.

And while that was her only motion picture role, she was a mainstay of the Footlight Players at the Dock Street Theatre for years, both on stage and backstage.

She also was host of three programs on WTMA radio, and during World War II, she sketched about 1,600 U.S. servicemen through the Federal Art Project here.

Miss Rhett was descended from a Charleston family that included well- known statesmen and military officers noted for their achievements.

But Alicia Rhett made her own name by using her considerable artistic abilities. Her work, in homes and buildings across the country, will keep her legacy of beauty alive for generations to come.