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September 3, 2010

Cammie King Conlon of Gone with the Wind dies

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Cammie King Conlon, the former child actress who portrayed the doomed daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in the movie "Gone With the Wind," has died at the age of 76. She died of lung cancer Wednesday morning at her Fort Bragg home on California's north coast, the Associated Press reported.

Conlon, who was cast in the role of Bonnie Blue Butler at age 4, also voiced the young doe Faline in Walt Disney's "Bambi" three years later. That was the end of her Hollywood career. "My mother decided she wanted me to have a normal childhood," she wrote on her blog. She often joked with interviewers that she had "peaked at 5."

But she will always be remembered as a key character in what may be the most impressive movie adaptation in history -- bringing Margaret Mitchell's novel to millions of fans.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 8:32 AM | | Comments (1)
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Rest in peace, Cammie. What a wonderful opportunity for a young child, playing in one of the best movies of our time. Bonnie Blue Butler and Cammie will be remembered forever by generations to come.

Cammie had a terrific, insightful mother. Wish those reality kids today had such great protective parents.

My history professor said that Gone with the Wind is one of the best depictions of how life was in the south during Civil War times. Great read and wonderful movie. Cammie was cast perfectly in her role as Bonnie Blue Butler.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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