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De Havilland Saved Hollywood From Stalin


Olivia de Havilland, who died Sunday at 104, is remembered mostly for her on-screen work, including her role as Melanie Hamilton in “Gone With the Wind.” But we shouldn’t forget her contribution to ending the Communist influence in Hollywood at a critical moment.

De Havilland was involved with the Hollywood Independent Citizens’ Committee for the Arts, Sciences and Professions, which brought together liberals and Communists as World War II was ending. Its leader, Hannah Dorner, was a secret member of the Communist Party….

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