The Old Mill: Little Rock, Arkansas
The Old Mill was honored on the fiftieth anniversary of the movie. It was also the site of the unveiling of the Gone With the Wind commemorative stamp. Through the years, stars from the movie such as Rand Brooks (Charles Hamilton) and Ann Rutherford (Carreen O'Hara) have visited the Mill.
Attesting to its popularity, postcards featuring the Old Mill have been circulated all over the world. It is constantly being photographed and has become a popular site for outdoor weddings. Pugh Memorial Park and the Old Mill serve as hosts for over 200 weddings and 100,000 visitors each year. Please join the thousands of visitors who enjoy the vanished era that has gone with the wind.
Reel to Real: Gone With the Wind from the Shaw-Tumblin Collection
The Best Actress of 1939
GWTW Costumes: A dream wardrobe
Standing within inches of Vivien Leigh's Oscar was an awesome experience. But, just beyond her Oscar was a world of Gone With the Wind costumes. The thing that captured my childhood imagination and swept me into the world of "Wind" was Walter Plunkett's costumes!
Sometimes seeing the costumes up close can be a surreal experience. All of the GWTW actors filled their roles to be larger than life on the screen and in any theater wherever I have seen the film. It's always amazing to me how physically small their costumes (and thus the actor that must have filled the costume) are when I see them up close. Another issue with seeing GWTW costumes or any costume from the technicolor era up close is that it's almost always never the vibrant color that appears on screen. I've been told this is because technicolor enhanced the color that we see on the screen. I've also been told it is a result of the age and wear of the garment. So often, however, I find myself in disbelief when the actual costume isn't quite the same image that I've seen hundreds of times before on screen.
Center: pieces worn by Olivia de Havilland in Gone With the Wind. I think these are from the scene between Melanie and Belle Watling. (Another weird aspect of seeing the costumes separate from the film is that I'm not always exactly sure where they belong in the film.)
Right: Coat worn by Clark Gable
I have always loved this costume piece. I think it captures the essence of Melanie in its intricate detail but overall simplicity. It evokes a warmth that is the core of Melanie.
Reel Classics reports that it was was sold at a memorabilia auction on July 24, 2002 for $16,730.
The Art of Gone With the Wind
Costume Sketches by Costume Designer Walter Plunkett
Production Paintings and Storyboards by The Art Department of Selznick International Studios
Middle: Production Painting - "Entrance to Tara" by Dorthea Holt
Bottom: Production Painting - "Old Mill" by Wilbur Kurtz
Left: Production Painting - "Yankee Deserter" by Wilbur Kurtz
by William Cameron Menzies
The Music of Gone With the Wind
Tara's Theme by Composer Max Steiner
Musical Director of Selznick International Pictures
March 13, 1940
Dear Miss Scalera:
Thank you for your letter concerning GONE WITH THE WIND.
The musical score was written especially for the picture by Max Steiner, and copies of the score are not available. However, we are enclosing an article which explains the music in detail, and we hope it will be of interest to you.
Yours very truly,
The People of Gone With the Wind
Vivien Leigh is often considered the most prominent person associated with Gone With the Wind. Scarlett O'Hara made Vivien immortal and timeless. More than two generations have been born and come into adulthood since Vivien's passing in 1967. So, standing in front of one of her famous personal hand-written notes to George Cukor is an extremely special experience.
This piece in the collection reminds audiences how important George Cukor was to Gone With the Wind. He was the first director of the film. Despite being fired two weeks into filming due to artistic differences with producer David O. Selznick, he continued to secretly work with Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland on developing their characters and scenes.
Butterfly McQueen was prominently featured in this collection. In subsequent interviews and personal correspondence after GWTW, Butterfly seemed to personally struggle with the role of "Prissy." However, in 1989, she happily attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of GWTW in Atlanta and many people have wonderful stories of interacting with her until her tragic death in a house fire in Augusta, GA in 1995.
Dear Miss McQueen:
Thank you for your kind letter. I think you are splendid in the picture and I am hopeful that it will lead to other nice things for you.
Cordially and Sincerely yours,
David O. Selznick
Hattie McDaniel's Mammy is probably her most famous role. For many people, however, they did not see the beauty of work but, instead, believed that she simply reinforced the stereotypical southern black maid. She responded with "I'd rather play a maid on film than be force to work as one in real life." (Another version of her response: "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week than be a maid and make $7.")
At the time of her death in 1952, McDaniel could not be buried in the cemetary of her choice -- Hollywood Memorial Park -- because of racial segregation. Her second choice, Rosedale Cemetary also had a similar policy, but it was waived and the actress became the first African-American buried there. In October 1999, the new owners of the burial grounds, now renamed Hollywood Memorial Park, unveiled a granite monument in her honor.
April 21, 1941
Dear Mr. Allen:
I hope you will pardon my delay in answering your very fine letter. The unexpected words of praise from the many people who saw "Gone With the Wind" have brought to great job. Especially has this been true of the letters that come from the parts of the country where Negro mammies were a sort of institution.
Within the next few weeks I start to work in Cecil B. DeMille's picture "Reap The Wild Wind." This gives me a role very similar to the one in "Gone With the Wind." The setting is in South Carolina and Miss Merle Oberon is the star. I worked with Miss Oberon in "Affectionately Yours". She is a grand actress.
My best wises for a successful and joyous life.
David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick was the centerpiece to the film Gone With the Wind. He believed that the film had to be made under the care and direction of an independent studio and he was about the only person in Hollywood willing to take the chance on the film. Although he had department heads and directors in charge of each component of the film, Selznick was known for being intimately involved in every aspect of the production and nearly every production decision related to GWTW.
In her Best Actress acceptance speech in 1940, Vivien Leigh acknowledged only one person for her accomplishment, David O. Selznick.
In gratitude for your unfailing efforts and courtesy during the long Seige of Atlanta, And in celebration of the conclusion of the damned thing, we request the pleasure of your company at a little party to be given on Stage 5 immediately after Tuesday's shooting, June 27th.
Signed Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Victor Fleming, and David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick x-mas, 1939."
The Premiere of Gone With the Wind
Lowes Grand Theater in Atlanta, GA - Friday, December 15, 1939
The Carthy Circle in Los Angeles - December 28, 1939
The Theatrical Release of Gone With the Wind
73 years of Gone With the Wind on the BIG SCREEN
This exhibit gave me a tremendous opportunity to see authentic artifacts connected to the film and the people behind Gone With the Wind. My awe of the tremendous talent, dedication, and drive of everyone involved in the production only continues to grow. The sum of the parts of Gone With the Wind is a breathtaking cinema experience. But, the individual artistic achievements by those who we don't see on screen including the artists, composers, and designers are worth seeing, experiencing, and reflecting upon in their own right. Their cumulative work resulted in the highest grossing picture of all time and an incredible cinematic experience that I have enjoyed since I was 9 years old!
I hope this exhibit and others will be available to audiences and fans for years to come!