Great balls of fire! 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the classic film Gone With the Wind. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, the movie follows the life of the charming and flirtatious Scarlett O’Hara before, during, and after the Civil War.
You may know the famous quotes from the movie, like “Tomorrow is another day”, and, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”. To celebrate such a special anniversary, we’ve made a list of things you may not know about this very special film. Oh, and some great fan art we know you’ll appreciate!
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The role of Scarlett O’Hara was highly sought after. 1,400 women were interviewed for the role, and 400 were given readings. Among the women considered were Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. In the end, British beauty Vivien Leigh got the role.
Scarlett (who Mitchell had originally named Pansy) had two sisters. The role of middle sister, Suellen, was given to Evelyn Keyes, and the role of the youngest sister, Carreen, was given to Ann Rutherford. Rutherford, however, wasn’t the first choice. Judy Garland was wanted for the part, but the young actress was busy filming another acclaimed movie: The Wizard of Oz.
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After the birth of his beloved daughter Bonnie Blue Butler (Cammie King), Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) celebrates by pouring whiskey for himself and Mammy (Hattie McDaniel). The whiskey was supposed to be tea, but Gable replaced it with real whiskey as a joke. McDaniel unknowingly downed the whole glass, and the scene had to be shot again. If you watch closely, you can see that Mammy smells the contents of the glass before she takes a drink.
Barbara O’Neill, who plays Scarlett’s mother Ellen, was only three years older than Vivien Leigh.
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Margaret Mitchell wrote her masterpiece as she recovered from a leg injury. Gone With the Wind, now a classic, was written as a result of boredom.
The novel remained the #1 bestseller from 1936-1937. Additionally, Mitchell wrote the ending first, and the beginning last.
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At the time of the movie’s premiere, Atlanta was still segregated, which meant Hattie McDaniel would be unable to attend. This bothered Clark Gable so much, he threatened to boycott the event. McDaniel convinced him to go. She was also the first black person to win an Academy Award.
To further publicize the event, fans were asked who they thought should portray Scarlett O’Hara. Vivien Leigh only received 1 vote.
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What did you love more? The book or the movie?