Ann Rutherford, the American actress who starred as Carreen in the 1939 movie 'Gone With the Wind', has died aged 94. Rutherford -who also portrayed Mickey Rooney's girlfriend in the 'Andy Hardy' movies - passed away at her home in Beverly Hills on Monday (May 11, 2012) following declining health and heart problems, reports the Los Angeles Times.
She had become one of the last surviving cast-members of 'Gone With the Wind' - the enduring classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a love affair in the American south during the Civil War. She had even made a second career out of attending festivals and celebrations featuring the beloved movie. During her acting career, Rutherford signed a contract with Mgm, regularly appearing in the 'Andy Hardy' series before landing the role in 'Gone with the Wind'. Studio head Louis B. Mayer had initially dismissed the role as a "nothing part" for Rutherford, and planned to reject producer David O. Selznick's approach for his actress. She eventually persuaded Mayer to reconsider after uncharacteristically bursting into tears in front of him.
Her last movie role came back in 1976, when she starred in the comedy 'Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood'. Before that, she had starred in another canine-based movie 'They Only Kill Their Masters' in 1973.