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Hattie McDaniel, Oscar winner for "Gone WIth the Wind," was a member of the AWVS during WWII.

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Margaret Mitchell

75th Anniversary of Gone with the Wind

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the novel by Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind was published in June 1936. Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her sweeping novel the following May. It was made into an equally famous motion picture starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. The movie had its world premiere at the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta December 15, 1939. Check out this little video about Margaret Mitchell. Of course, Gone with the Wind is part of the Media Services Home…

Margaret Mitchell

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Atlanta’s own Margaret Mitchell was born on this day in 1900. Browse and order prints from our collection.

Beaufort, South Carolina. This is known as The Rhett House. The succession papers that started the Civil War were signed in the basement of this house. The Rhett Family was the richest family in the South, and the Butler Family was the richest family in the North. Supposedly, that's where Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind got his name. The succession papers that started the Civil War were signed in the basement of this house.

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The Rhett House Beaufort, South Carolina. This is known as The Rhett House. The Rhett Family was the richest family in the South. The Butler Family was the richest northern family. And that is where...

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Margaret Mitchell. Best known for writing the American classic Gone With the Wind. The novel was an instant success, selling more than a million copies in the first six months. Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her wildly popular novel. Mitchell changed history when she wrote arguably the best romantic novel of all time. Not only did the story capture the hearts of millions of readers worldwide, but Mitchell's masterful use of symbolism and treatment of archetypes made it truly original.

In 1959, as he watched the Tara set being dismantled, Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick solemnly observed that “Nothing in Hollywood is permanent. Once photographed, life here is ended. It is almost symbolic of Hollywood. Tara has no rooms inside. It’s just a facade… Much of Hollywood is a facade.”

Ruins of Tara Plantation Set

In 1959, as he watched the Tara set being dismantled, Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick solemnly observed that “Nothing in Hollywood is permanent. Once photographed, life here is ended. It is almost symbolic of Hollywood. Tara has no rooms inside. It’s just a facade… Much of Hollywood is a facade.” RIP David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965)

The room where Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone with the Wind".

The room where Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone with the Wind"

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Margaret Mitchell was told once she wasn't the type of person that could write a book. I think it's safe to say she proved them wrong.

Margaret Mitchell was told once she wasn't the type of person that could write a book. I think it's safe to say she proved them wrong.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh with Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh with Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.

A 1938 copy of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, signed by almost all of the movie's cast, as well as director Victor Fleming and producer David O. Selznick, sold for $135,300 at auction recently.

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Cast-Signed 'Gone With the Wind' Book Sells for $135,300

The book, which contains the signatures of nearly the entire cast plus director Victor Fleming and producer David O. Selznick, sold for double its initial estimate.

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Atlanta newspaper announcing the death of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind.

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Atlanta newspaper announcing the death of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. Browse and order prints from our collection.

Atlanta home of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind".

Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta

The Margaret Mitchell House: www.gwtw.org/ 1899 Built by Cornelius J. Sheehan as a two-story, single-family home with a fashionable Peachtree Street address: #806. The neighborhood was known as the "tight squeeze," referring to the turn-of-the-century when Peachtree looped around a 30-foot ravine. 1919 The house was converted into a 10-unit apartment building - Crescent Apartments. During this time, families were selling their homes to make way for commercial development. The owner pushed…