Truly the end of a golden era... I can't think of any other noted actors of the 1930s who are still around. My favorite role of hers was as Maid Marian in ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD; and honestly, she's also the best actor (and probably the best character) in GONE WITH THE WIND.
I remember talking to Roger Stern after I saw STAR WARS for the first time. I mentioned that I had been struck by the fact that Carrie Fisher was not a traditional Hollywood beauty. "More like the Olivia de Havilland school," I said.
I was interested to read, in one of her online obituaries, that she found Melanie an interesting role to play because she didn't have ulterior motives or secret agendas-- she was just who she seemed to be.
"By all means offer her praise, but must you tear down everyone else?"
I like the other main actors, but I don't feel I was tearing anybody down... more acknowledging that to me, de Havilland is my favorite part of a problematic movie, filled with other characters (and a couple of performances) I have no real affection for.