This past weekend a group of people gathered in Marshfield, Missouri for the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival were treated to a special recorded message from Olivia de Havilland. The message was for the festival dedication in her honor and a panel moderated by this author and held in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind.
The photo was taken in 2012 at Ms. de Havilland's home after she received the Hubble Medal of Initiative from the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.
Message from Olivia de Havilland to the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival
How I wish I could be with you who have gathered together at Marshfield, Missouri’s Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate not only the beauty of its cherry blossoms and the history of our country, but also the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind – a film which, with its universal theme, its beloved characters and their interpreters has touched the hearts of people all over the world for seven and a half decades.
What makes this year’s Festival even more meaningful to me is that the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee has chosen to dedicate it to Alicia Rhett, as India Wilkes – Alicia, who has recently rejoined our fellow cast members in The Great Plantation in the Sky – and also, as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, to me, still on this side of Heaven.
It is an honor I value deeply and for which I am profoundly grateful to the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and to The Reverend Nicholas Inman.
I am certain it is an honor also deeply valued by Alicia – and that she and her companions: Vivien, Clark, Leslie, Hattie, Butterfly, and all those others who have long been reunited, are now, seated on their favorite veranda, mint juleps in hand, ready to join me in a toast not only to the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and Reverend Inman, but also to you each of every one of you.
May this be for you have a memorable weekend, full of happy experiences which you will treasure all your lives.
~ Olivia de Havilland
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Olivia de Havilland has reached her centenary! July 1, 2016 marks her 100th birthday! Olivia stands as the oldest living recipient of an Academy Award and is a member of a class of only four other women currently living to receive at least two best actress Academy Awards! Her career, life, and legacy continue to inspire and engage generations of fans around the world!
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