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In this June 19, 2009 photo, actress Ann Rutherford poses for a photograph in Los Angeles.  / This undated image from the film Gone with the Wind shows, from left, Ann Rutherford, Vivien Leigh and Evelyn Keyes. - Provided courtesy of AP / Philip Scott Andrews / New Line Cinema

Ann Rutherford of 'Gone With the Wind' dies at 94

06/12/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Ann Rutherford, an actress who played Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in the legendary "Gone With the Wind," died at age 94 on June 11, according to the Associated Press.

Rutherford died at her home in Beverly Hills and reportedly suffered from heart problems and was in declining health.

The actress also starred in several films in the Andy Hardy series, a long-running film franchise which starred Lewis Stone as a small-town judge and Mickey Rooney as his teenage son. Rutherford played Rooney's love interest, Polly Benedict.

Rutherford first made her appearance in the second film of the franchise called "You're Only Young Once" in 1938. She appeared in 11 more films in that franchise. However, Rutherford realized she'd always be associated with her role as Carreen in "Gone With The Wind."

"Our obituary will say we were in 'Gone With the Wind' and we'll be proud of it," she told reporters at the film's 50th anniversary celebration in 1989.

Rutherford was born in 1917, according to the voter records reviewed by The Associated Press. The daughter of an opera tenor and an actress, she began performing on the stage as a child.

Her other film appearances include "Whistling in the Dark," with Red Skelton, 1941, and its two sequels, "Whistling in Dixie" and "Whistling in Brooklyn"; "Orchestra Wives," with bandleader Glenn Miller, 1942; and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," with Danny Kaye, 1947.

Rutherford's last couple of films were in the 1970s, "They Only Kill Their Masters," 1972, and "Won Ton Ton - The Dog Who Saved Hollywood," 1976.

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. He was best known as the producer of the "Batman" TV series.

Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlett O'Hara, died in 1967. Evelyn Keyes, who played the middle O'Hara sister, Suellen, died in July 2008.

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