Olivia de Havilland and the age of the Gone with the Wind cast

Yesterday, legendary Hollywood actress Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 102nd birthday. Havilland appeared in sixty different films, TV movies, and TV series during her acting career which started in the mid-1930s and ended in the late 1980s.

She is a two-time Academy Award winner, taking home the award for Best Actress in 1947 (To Each His Own) and again in 1950 (The Heiress). Havilland was also a two-time nominee for the award in 1942 (Hold Back the Dawn) and 1949 (The Snake Pit), as well as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 1940 (Gone with the Wind).

Gone With the Wind, where Havilland plays Melaine Hamilton, is one of her best-known roles due to its massive success and popularity. The film, an adaption of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Margaret Mitchell, is regarded as one the best movies ever made and has had a massive impact on American culture.

Age and timeline for Gone with the Wind cast

According to IMDB, Gone with the Wind has 43 actors and actresses that were credited in the making of the 1939 film. Only two of those 43 are still alive, the aforementioned Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Kuhn, who was one of Hollywood’s staple child actors in the 1930s and 1940s.

Out of the 43, ten of them did not make it to 60 years of age, including the two stars of the film Vivien Leigh (53) and Clark Gable (59). On the flip side, seven members of cast lived to be or are currently at least 90. The oldest (not counting Havilland) was Alicia Rhett, (98) who played India Wilkes in what would be her solo acting credit.

Age of Gone with the Wind cast (in credits order)

Click here to view the larger version of the above graph

Below is a timeline chart representing when each of the 43 cast members was born and when they died, with the exception of Havilland and Kuhn (highlighted in yellow) whose end date is today.

The top of the graph (in orange) are all of the male cast members, while the bottom of the graph (in very light pink) are the female cast members. In both cases, the timeline goes outward from the oldest people (in terms of date of birth) to the most recent.


Click here to view the interactive version of the above graph


Sources and Info: (Any not put here are linked in the article above)

Featured Image: “Olivia de Havilland publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939” by MGM is a public domain image

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031381/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast (Used to find cast information, date of birth and date of death).

https://time.graphics/popular/ (Used to make timeline chart)

Used Google Spreadsheet to make age chart


The average age of each President of the Jury for the Cannes Film Festival

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival started a few days ago on May 8th, with actress Cate Blanchett having the honor of serving as the President of the Jury. Every year this festival hosted in Cannes, France previews a selected number of new films from around the world.

Generally, someone that is an internationally recognized personality in the world of cinema serves as the President of the Jury. Serving as the main competition President of the Jury is regarded as a great honor.

Number of Presidents of the Jury

There have been 72 Presidents of the Jury in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. This is because Ethan and Jesse Coen co-hosted as President of the Jury for the 2015 festival. However, only 66 different people have held the position as there have been several people who were President of the Jury multiple times.

Person Number of times as President (years)
Georges Huisman 3 (1946, 1947, 1949)
Andre Maurios 2 (1951, 1957)
Jean Cocteau 2 (1953, 1954)
Marcel Achard 2 (1958, 1959)
Jeanne Moreau 2 (1975. 1995)

The average age of Cannes’ Presidents of the Jury 

The average age of the 72 Cannes’ Presidents of the Jury is 58.13 years old. Out of the 66 different people who have served held the position, 31 of them are still alive and 35 of them have passed away. The average age of those still alive is 70.77 years old, while the average age of those who have passed is 77.80 years old.

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*Not held in 1948 or 1950.

The youngest person to serve as President of the Jury was actress Sophia Loren (31), while the oldest person was filmmaker and writer René Clair (75). Below is another graph to illustrate the age range of Presidents of the Jury in the history of Cannes.

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Director, producer and screenwriter Louis Malle (63) was the youngest past President of the Jury to pass away, while the oldest was actress Michèle Morgan (96). Now, let’s take a greater look at Presidents of the Jury who are still alive.



Starting in 1989 all but three (Louis Malle, Jeanne Moreau, and Patrice Chéreau) Presidents of the Jury are still alive. Only three from before the 1989 Cannes Festival are still alive.

They are actress Olivia de Havilland (1965, age 101), Sophia Loren (1966, age 83) and actor Kirk Douglas (1980, age 101). Havilland and Loren were also the first two women to serve in the role as President of the Jury.

Where have the Presidents of the Jury come from?

Finally, let’s take a look at what countries the 66 different Presidents of the Jury were born in.

Number of Presidents of the Jury born in each country

*Fritz Lang (1964 President) was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (Now Austria)

*Milos Forman (1985 President) was born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (Now Czech Republic)

*Emir Kusturica (2005 President) Sarajevo, SRF Yugoslavia (Now Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Cannes Film Festival 2011-1978” by soaringbird is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cannes_Film_Festival_jury_presidents (use to note jury presidents, their place of birth/death and age)

https://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?m1=8&d1=13&y1=1912&m2=4&d2=8&y2=1951&ti=on (used to calculate age of jury president for that year)

Information on Georges Huisman 

Information on Tetsurō Furukaki

https://mapchart.net/ (Used to create world map of place of birth)

All other charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheets