He was six years old then: the last "Blown by the wind"- Star is dead

He was six years old then
The last “Gone with the Wind” star is dead

“Gone with the Wind” is still considered one of the greatest US films of all time. And that despite the fact that the strip is more than 80 years old. It also features Mickey Kuhn, who was six at the time. Like all the other actors, he has now died.

Mickey Kuhn was six years old when he was accepted for a role in the literary adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind”. His portrayal of Beau, son of Ashley (Leslie Howard) and Melanie Wilkes (Olivia de Havilland), made him world famous as a child star in 1939. He has now died at the age of 90. He passed away on November 20th in a hospice in Florida.

Kuhn played alongside John Wayne (left) in “Red River”.

(Photo: imago images/Everett Collection)

Mickey Kuhn’s acting career started early. The boy from Illinois was already in front of the camera at the age of two. A role in the film “Change of Heart” opened the gates of Hollywood to the son of a German family. Mickey Kuhn became a popular child star in the 1930s and 1940s. He starred alongside John Wayne in Red River (1948). He was also part of the film “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) with Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando.

As a teenager, there were no further film offers, so he gave up acting. From then on, Kuhn earned his money with various jobs, for years he worked at the airport. He has been married twice and leaves two children.

Eight Oscars and two honorary Oscars

“Honestly, my love, I don’t care!” is just a famous quote from the classic “Gone with the Wind”. The strip is considered one of the greatest US films of all time and in 1940 it received a record number of 13 Oscar nominations, eight Oscars and two honorary Oscars.

With Mickey Kuhn, the last actor of the cult film has now left the world. Clark Gable, in the role of Rhett Butler, died of a heart attack in 1960 at the age of 59. Vivian Leigh, known as Scarlett O’Hara, was only 53 years old and died of tuberculosis in 1967. Olivia de Havilland, who played Beau’s mother in the film, lived to be 104 in 2020. Leslie Howard, who played Beau’s father, died in a plane crash in 1943 at the age of 50.

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