MUMBAI: Ann Rutherford, who played the sweetheart in
the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O'Hara's
youngest sister in Gone With the Wind, has expired.
She died of heart problems and had been ill for several
months. She was 94.
was a frequent guest at Gone With the Wind celebrations
in Georgia and, as one of the few remaining actors from
the movie, continued to attract fans from around the
world. She was also known for the Andy Hardy 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.
first appeared in the second film of the series, You're
Only Young Once, in 1938 and went on star 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.)
told the Times in 2010 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 after
which he relented.
1989, Rutherford was one of 10 surviving GWTW
cast members who gathered in Atlanta for the celebration
of the film's 50th anniversary.