Born: November 2, 1917; Died: June 11, 2012.
Ann Rutherford, who has died aged 94 from heart problems, was a demure brunette actress who played Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in Gone With the Wind.
Rutherford was a frequent guest at Gone With the Wind celebrations in Georgia and, as one of the few remaining actors from the film, continued to attract fans from around the world.
She was also known for the Andy Hardy film 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.
Rutherford first appeared in the second film of the series, You're Only Young Once, in 1938, and she appeared in 11 more. She played Polly Benedict, the ever-faithful girlfriend that Andy always returned to, no matter what other, more glamorous girl had temporarily caught his eye. (Among the other girls: Judy Garland and Lana Turner.)
It was said she won the part of Carreen - the youngest of the three O'Hara sisters in Gone With the Wind - because Judy Garland was filming The Wizard of Oz.
Rutherford told the Los Angeles Times that MGM head Louis B. Mayer was going to refuse her the role, calling it "a nothing part." But Rutherford, who was a fan of the novel, uncharacteristically burst into tears and he relented.
Rutherford plays the sister who, early in the film, begs to be allowed to go to the ball at Ashley Wilkes' plantation. "Oh, Mother, can't I stay up for the ball tomorrow? ... I'm 13 now," she says in a sweet voice.
In 1989, she was one of 10 surviving "GWTW" cast members who gathered in Atlanta for the celebration of the film's 50th anniversary.
"Anyone who had read the book sensed they were into something that would belong to the ages, and everyone was in a frenzy to read the book," she said.
"The specialness of this is with each generation of young people who are touched by 'Gone With the Wind,"' she said. "As long as there are little children, there will always be a Mickey Mouse. ... On an adult version, 'Gone With the Wind' does that."
Rutherford agreed with other cast members that no matter what else they had done, "Our obituary will say we were in 'Gone With the Wind' and we'll be proud of it."
Rutherford was born in 1917. The daughter of an opera tenor and an actress, she began performing on the stage as a child.
She launched her film career in Westerns while still in her teens, often appearing with singing cowboy hero Gene Autry and sometimes with John Wayne.
She joined MGM in 1937, playing a variety of roles for several years before leaving the studio to freelance.
She largely retired from the screen in 1950, but appeared in a couple of films in the 1970s.
Her first marriage, to David May in 1942, ended in divorce; they had two children. In 1953, she married producer William Dozier, a union that lasted until his death in 1991.
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