(CNN) — Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast member of the classic film \”Gone With the Wind,\” died Friday in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said.
Rhett passed away of natural causes around 5 p.m. surrounded by friends at Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, said Kimberly Farfone Borts, a spokeswoman for the community.
She was 98.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Rhett moved with her mother to Charleston after her father died during World War I, according to Borts. Her roots to the South trace back even deeper: According to her biography on the Turner Classic Movies website — which, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner — she was the great-granddaughter of U.S. Sen. Robert Rhett, known as the \”Father of Secession\” for his staunch and vocal anti-Union positions.