Cammie King Conlon, who was cast at the age of 4 as Bonnie Blue Butler, the daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in the classic movie ‘Gone With The Wind’ has passed away at the age of 76. Conlon died of lung cancer on Wednesday morning. Here are a few things about the woman who played a key character in what may be one of the most classic films of all time!
She Retired From Hollywood At A Young Age
According to her blog, Bonnie Blue Butler was Conlon’s most famous role. Three years after Gone With The Wind she went on to voice the young doe “Faline” in Walt Disney’s animated hit “Bambi”. That would be her last role, as she wrote on her blog “My mother decided she wanted me to have a normal childhood,” She often joked with interviewers that she had “peaked at 5.”
She Made Personal Appearances
According to her blog, after King retired, ‘she travelled around the country making personal appearances and talking about Gone With The Wind. She has delighted fans in dozens of cities throughout the country including Charleston, SC; Atlanta, Jonesboro, Marietta, Savannah and Washington in Georgia;, Cape Cod. Jefferson Texas, Lawrenceburg Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri’.
She Came From A Hollywood Family
Cammie was the godchild of the co-founder of Technicolor, Herbert Kalmus, who eventually went on to marry Cammie’s mother. Her father in-law from her second marriage was a musical arranger for many Disney films including Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.
She Wrote A Book
King authored a book titled, Bonnie Blue Butler, a Gone With The Wind Memoir, in which she attempted to describe what happened both on and off the famous movie set. On her blog she stated that she was very happy that ‘The Windies’ love it.
She Will Always Be Known For Her Famous Role
Even though she had a 45 year career in public relations, was a wife and mother of 2, she claims nothing captured people’s interest like her role in the famous movie. She then stated that “In other words, I peaked at age five.”