Ann Rutherford, one of the last surviving cast members of “Gone with the Wind,” died Monday (June 11) night at her Beverly Hills home at the age of 94, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Rutherford had heart problems and had reportedly been in declining health.
In addition to her small role in “Gone with the Wind,” she also played Polly Benedict, girlfriend to a teenage Mickey Rooney, in the Andy Hardy movies. But it was her turn as Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister, Carreen, in the iconic 1939 film that was the most enduring.
And apparently, it was a part that almost wasn’t. MGM head Louis B. Mayer called it “a nothing part” and intended to say no to the role, according to the LA Times. But then Rutherford asked him to reconsider, bursting into tears, and Mayer relented.
“I just wanted to watch the book come to life,” Rutherford told the Times in 2010.