Alicia Rhett

Mary Alicia Rhett (1915 - 2014)

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Mary Alicia (Alicia) Rhett
Born in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United Statesmap
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Died in Charlestown, Charleston, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Apr 2016
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Categories: Notables | Savannah, Georgia | Wilmington, Delaware | Hollywood, California | Charleston County, South Carolina | Hollywood Actors | American Painters | Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

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Biography

Alicia (Mary Alicia) was born in Savannah, Georgia, United States, on February 1, 1915. Her father was Edmund Moore Rhett, a West Point graduate, electrical, and chemical engineer, and member of a prominent South Carolina family. Her mother, Isabel Beatrice Murdoch, was born in England, and had come to America with her family in 1893. Mary Alicia's parents had met while both were working for the railroad in Savannah, Georgia. The family moved to Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, in 1917. Her father was employed as a chemical engineer by the DuPont Company. In 1918, her father passed away, in Wilmington, from Influenza. Mary and her mother remained in Wilmington through at least 1920. They appear in the 1920 U.S. Census residing at the same address in Wilmington, Delaware. Also residing at the residence is Alicia's maternal grandmother, Mary (Mary Jane Rankin) Murdoch. By 1930, Alicia and her mother would relocate back to the south. They were living in Charleston, South Carolina, where Mary, (now referring to herself as Alicia), would spend the rest of her life.

Alicia became a theater actress in Charleston, and was seen during a performance in 1936, by Hollywood director, George Cukor. He was evidently impressed by her charm and beauty, and she was asked to audition for a role in an upcoming movie. Alicia was cast to portray India Wilkes, sister of Ashley Wilkes, in the Margaret Mitchell classic, "Gone with the Wind". Alicia left Hollywood shortly after filming, and returned to Charleston to pursue her true dream of painting. She became a widely commissioned portraitist, particularly of children. Her paintings hang in private residences and public buildings around the country today.

Alicia never married, and had no remaining close family. Upon her death, on January 3, 2014, at age ninety eight, her wealth was donated to the visual arts. Her generosity helped establish the fund at Coastal Community Foundation. The fund, as stated in her will, is to distribute money "for the encouragement and preservation of the Arts in the greater Charleston community".

Alicia is buried at Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. She rests beside the grave of her parents.


Birth

  • February 1, 1915, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States.

Residence

  • Savannah, Chatham, Georgia. 1915-1917.
  • 1623 Rodney Street, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. 1917-1920.
    • United States Federal Census 1920: Age 4. Residing with mother, and grandmother.
  • 7 Gibbes Street, Charleston, South Carolina.
    • United States Federal Census 1930. Age 15. Residing with mother, Isabel.
  • 9 Mims Court, Charleston, South Carolina.
    • United States Federal Census 1940: Age 24, occupation, "Announcer, and Actress" on Radio, and Screen.
  • 59 Tradd Street, Charleston, South Carolina. 1989
    • U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1.
  • Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, Charleston, South Carolina. (at time of death in 2014.

Death

  • January 3, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina.
    • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.
    • U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-2015.

Burial

  • Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
    • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600's-Current.


Sources


  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch [(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDW1-WWN : accessed 8 April 2016)], Mary Alicia Rhett in household of Isabel M Rhett, Wilmington Ward 7, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet 5B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,203.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch [(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K48N-8P6 : accessed 8 April 2016)], Alicia Rhett in household of Isabelle M Rhett, Ward 1, Charleston, Charleston City, Charleston, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-2, sheet 6B, family 204, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 3793.


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Alicia Rhett as India Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind"
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