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Of the 1,400 actresses interviewed for the role of Scarlett, 400 were asked to read for the part.

Bette Davis refused to play Scarlett because she refused to work with Errol Flynn, and she believed he would be given the male lead.
Of the star-studded list of actresses considered the favorite was Tallulah Bankhead, who really was a southern belle. The studio refused to hire her because of her unconventional behavior.
The burning of Atlanta scene essentially cleared out the lot by disposing of old, unneeded scenery such as the huge gates used in King Kong.
Myron Selznik brought Vivian Leigh to the set and introduced her to his brother David O. with “Hey Genius, meet your Scarlett O’Hara”. A few scenes read and a screen test proved him right.
In one scene Rhett hands Mammy a glass of tea for which he had substituted whiskey. She downed the “tea,” had to remake the scene, and did not again trust Mr. Gable.
Gone with the Wind remains, the top-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation) and the book is the second-best-selling of all time, topped only by the bible.

Information gathered from TMCDb, IMDb, New York Times and Wikipedia.

Coming up on Hollywood at Home

Gone With The Wind, Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Victor Victoria, Saturday, May 2 at 9 p.m.
Rain Man, Saturday, May 9, at 9 p.m.
The Graduate. Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m.
An Affair to Remember, Saturday, May 23 at 9 p.m.

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Hollywood at Home presents Gone With The Wind, Saturday at 7 p.m.

This 1939 Hollywood classic was directed by Victor Fleming, who took over after George Cukor was fired, written by Sidney Howard, who followed a succession of writers, and starred Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel.

The movie was adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling novel set in the South during and after the Civil War. The size and complexity of the film production matched the popularity and scope of the novel – with more than 50 speaking roles and roughly 2,400 extras on screen. The film went on to 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Vivian Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel) and Best Screenplay

Gone With The Wind poster Plot
This film needs no introduction to anyone born before 1970, but for everyone else it is the story of an entitled, self-important girl from 1861 Georgia with no concern for the feelings of others. She spitefully marries her sister’s beau, tries to steal her greatest advocate’s husband, lies with impunity, and generally manipulates everyone she encounters. As a classically trained “lady” using feminine wiles and sex appeal, despite her aversion to the act of love, she embodies what used to be the stereotypical double standard of charming, ladylike behavior.

The loss, pain, misery and societal upheaval of war are nothing but inconvenience to Scarlett until it affects her food supply. Though she does learn to value the loyalty of those working with her, giving glimpses of the woman she might have been. The title of both book and film springs from the idea that the charm and grace of the pre-war South has gone with the wind, never to return. One suspects Margaret Mitchell of being less than nostalgic.

Irritating as Scarlett may be, her pronouncements, ability to make a gown from dusty curtains, quintessential flirting, and procrastination have become iconic. Perhaps it is her shallowness and lack of insight that have been blown away, along with the injustice of slavery and renegade soldiers. Good riddance. And cheers to the ability to overcome.

By Cicely d’Autremont

Hollywood at Home presents Gone With The Wind, Saturday at 7 p.m.