Ann Rutherford in 1939's "Gone With the Wind."
Actress Ann Rutherford, who played Carreen O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" and Mickey Rooney's girlfriend Polly in the series of Andy Hardy movies, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Times says she was 94, other sources say she was 91.
Her role as Scarlett's youngest sister, the godly, optimistic Carreen (Caroline Irene), was a small one, but the movie became a classic and Rutherford one of the longest surviving cast members. She regularly attended festivals celebrating the film, the Times reports, once saying, "That 'nothing part' turned my golden years into platinum."
Before "Gone With the Wind," she appeared in westerns and as Polly Benedict in the popular Andy Hardy film series, which ran from 1937 to 1958.
Television viewers may remember her as the mother of Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) on "The Bob Newhart Show."
Her first husband, David May II, was from the May Company department store family; her second, William Dozier, produced the Adam West 1960s "Batman" series.
She is survived by a daughter and two grandsons.
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From 2009: Actress Ann Rutherford, who played the role of Carreen O'Hara, Scarlett's youngest sister in "Gone with the Wind," talks about the continuing popularity of the film during a 70th anniversary event in Atlanta, Ga. Video courtesy WXIA-TV.
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