The Charms of Miss O'Hara: Tales of Gone With the Wind & the Golden Age of Hollywood from Scarlett's Little Sister
Earlier this year, I learned the book was completed and ready for publication. I am quite happy that Ann's story is being told. During her last GWTW interview in Marietta in 2011 conducted by Chris Sullivan, Ann said that she had many offers to write her own story but she didn't take anyone up on those offers because she wanted to live her life and not be stuck behind a computer re-living days that had gone by. So, when I learned she had passed, I was afraid that many of her stories wouldn't be shared with the public. So, I was very happy to learn that Phillip Done took on the task of telling Ann's story and releasing it for the 75th anniversary of the film, Gone With the Wind.
In 2012, beloved screen star Ann Rutherford, Scarlett's youngest sister in Gone With the Wind, passed away. But fortunately — not her stories. The year before her death, Miss Rutherford invited author Phillip Done to her Beverly Hills home where she shared decades of heartening memoires from her life in the golden age of Hollywood. Like a scene out of Sunset Boulevard, Done wrote it down in this masterful tribute and shrewdly crafted memoir.
With never-before-seen photographs from Miss Rutherford's private collection, The Charms of Miss O'Hara takes readers on a guided tour through Ann Rutherford's rich career, including such roles as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy pictures, Lydia in Pride and Prejudice, and Carreen in Gone With the Wind. Oft told in Miss Rutherford's sharp and engaging voice, readers will discover delicious behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Lana Turner, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Debbie Reynolds, David Selznick, Louis B. Mayer, and many others. Much more than a celebrity memoir, The Charms of Miss O'Hara will delight Gone With the Wind fans and classic movie buffs with valuable life lessons from a movie star.
The book is available on Amazon for $20.66 plus shipping.
Phillip Done will be attending the 75th anniversary celebrations in Marietta, Georgia on June 6-8 and will be available to sign autographs during the event.