The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum Scarlett on the Square
The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum
Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Plans are in the works for another annual event at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, Scarlett on the Square. The weekend is April 19-21, 2013 and special guests who have confirmed their attendance are actress Anne Jeffreys, author Anne Edwards, cast members Patrick Curtis, Greg Giese, and Mickey Kuhn, and Wilbur Kurtz III. The festivities will include interviews, Q&A’s, and autograph signings with the celebrities along with other planned activities.
April 19 - 21, 2013 in Marietta, GA
Tickets go on sale February 1, 2013.
For more information please visit www.gwtwmarietta.com or call 770-794-5576
This year’s fan favorite event in Marietta will offer even more reason to attend the annual celebration. It will be the anniversary of Dr. Chris Sullivan’s collection making its home in Marietta. A mere ten years ago in April 2003, Sullivan struck a deal with the City of Marietta to have his collection on display in the old Thomas Warehouse building (c.1875). The museum has become a mainstay in Marietta and the historic Marietta square, with its popularity growing by leaps and bounds. In its 10-years in Marietta the museum has seen visitors from more than 75 countries and all 50 states
In 2009 during the 70th anniversary celebration, actress Ann Rutherford who played “Carreen O’Hara” in the famous film, accepted the Key to the City declaring Marietta the new official home of Gone With the Wind. She visited the museum each year during its annual events until her death on June 11, 2012. Actress Anne Jeffreys will join the festivities for the first time in April on behalf of her longtime friend Ann Rutherford where she will discuss her career and their long, devoted friendship. Jeffreys began her career as an opera
singer but ended up in Hollywood for her first film with idols Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. But, it was her role in Kiss Me Kate on Broadway that led to her meeting the love of her life, actor Robert Sterling. They were married for 55 years until Sterling’s death in 2006. Fans remember them best as on-screen husband and wife George and Marion Kerby in the delightful television series Topper. They portrayed fun-loving ghosts in the show to Leo G. Carroll’s title character “Cosmo Topper.”
Author Anne Edwards also joins the lineup representing her latest release Leaving Home and re-release of the 1977 biography of actress Vivien Leigh. Edwards also penned The Road to Tara and biographies on celebrities such as Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Diana, and the Reagans. Edwards was commissioned to pen a sequel to Gone With the Wind and wrote a book that was never allowed to be released. This story is told in a small book published by the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum in 2011 entitled Scarlett and Me. Owner of the museum collection, Chris Sullivan, will conduct an interview with Edwards about the famous celebrities she has known and will talk with her about her two most recent releases. Married to musician and composer Stephen Citron, Edwards lives in Beverly Hills, California.
The 3 “Beaus” from Gone With the Wind: Patrick Curtis, Mickey Kuhn. and Greg Giese
Each played the role of Ashley and Melanie’s son Beau Wilkes at different ages. Giese played the infant Beau, but also Bonnie Blue Butler as an infant. Curtis was Baby Beau who was held in the arms of on-screen mom “Melanie” played by Olivia de Havilland. Finally, Mickey Kuhn (a noted child actor in Hollywood) received screen credit for his portrayal of 7-year old Beau. Mickey holds the honor of being the only male actor to star in two films with actress Vivien Leigh. He was the young sailor who helped Leigh’s character “Blanche Dubois” board a streetcar (named Desire).
Wilbur (Bill) Kurtz, III - Grandson of Wilbur G. Kurtz, Sr.
Wilbur (Bill) Kurtz, III will join us for the first time. Bill is the grandson of Wilbur G. Kurtz, Sr. who was artist and technical advisor on the set of Gone With the Wind in 1939. A friend of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, the senior Kurtz was recommended to David O. Selznick for the job and his grandson will share stories of his grandfather’s time on the set and his connection with the film.