Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Scarlett O'Hara's Little Sister Dies At 91
Evelyn Keyes – who as Suellen O'Hara in 1939's Gone With the Wind had her beau Frank Kennedy stolen away by her older sister, Scarlett O'Hara – died July 4 of uterine cancer at her home in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, California, the Associated Press reports. She was 91.
In real life, besides some high-profile marriages to Big Band leader extraordinaire Artie Shaw, illustrious film directors John Huston and Charles Vidor, Keyes had numerous lovers – at least 20, by one count. One, the impresario Mike Todd, she lost to another, much younger screen beauty: Elizabeth Taylor. Among the others: David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas.
"Oh well, nothing lasts forever," Keyes wrote of the Todd affair in her 1977 autobiography, Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister ·about which one critic quipped, "She made more men than movies.") "The good part was that I invested all my money in [Todd's 1956 Oscar-winning Best Picture] Around the World in 80 Days, and that set me up for life."