Tuesday 17 October 2017

Video: Gone With the Wind star dies

Rachael Alexander in Los Angeles

ANN Rutherford, pictured, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in 'Gone With the Wind' has died. She was 94.

A close friend, Anne Jeffreys, said she was at Rutherford's side when she died at about 5.30pm Monday at Ms Rutherford's Beverly Hills home.

She died of heart problems and had been ill for several months, Jeffreys said.

"She was a dear person, a very funny lady, wonderful heart, was always trying to do things for people," Jeffreys said.

Rutherford was a frequent guest at "Gone With the Wind" celebrations in Georgia and, as one of the few remaining actors from the movie, continued to attract fans from around the world, Jeffreys said.

"She loved it. It really stimulated the last years of her life, because she got thousands of emails from fans," Jeffreys said.

"She was in great demand."

She was also known for the Andy Hardy series, a hugely popular string of comical, sentimental films, that starred Lewis Stone as a small-town judge and Mickey Rooney as his spirited teenage son.

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