Gone With The Wind Book

2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.

Have you seen TV Guide’s American Icons Special Edition GWTW magazine yet?

ImageThe TV Guide American Icons Special Edition Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary magazine has hit the newsstands and is also being sold online.

The 100- page magazine includes never-before-seen photos, confidential movie memos and interviews with Olivia deHavilland who played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes; Daniel Selznick, the son of producer David O. Selznick; Ted Turner, who used Gone With the Wind as the first movie when  he launched TCM; Mickey Kuhn who played Melanie’s son Beau Wilkes; Robert Osborne from TCM; the late Cammie King Conlin; and Connie Sutherland of the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum just to name a few.
This author was proud to be included in the prestigious group interviewed for the special edition magazine, celebrating the film classic’s upcoming 75th anniversary, and even happier not to be left on the proverbial cutting room floor– there is a quote on page 75 by Sally Tippett Rains.
GWTW fans will love the magazine. Serious fans will know a lot of the background information because they have probably read books by Finis Farr, Anne Edwards, Darden Asbury Pyron, Marianne Walker or even this author’s own book, The Making of a Masterpiece, the True Story of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind or any of the many books and publications out there. They will know the stories of Margaret Mitchell and how she came to write her famous novel, and of David O. Selznick, the search for Scarlett, changing directors, etc. but there is so much more to this souvenir keepsake magazine.
Connie Sutherland, Director of the Marietta GWTW Museum  was contacted by the photo editor from TV Guide American Icon a few months ago requesting photos of Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s collection which is on display at the museum. The editor later contacted her for an interview.
“I was honored to have been asked to participate in this issue of TV Guide’s American Icons,” said Sutherland who was already familiar with the American Icons franchise.  “I had purchased a copy of the John F. Kennedy issue and was very impressed by the quality of the publication.”
In the Gone With the Wind issue, there is a “call sheet” from one day on the set of Gone With the Wind, pictures of studio “make-up stills”, photos of old letters, movie posters, costumes, and much more. The magazine cites Turner Classic Movies, The Harry Ransom Center which has the Selznick collection, James Tumblin and the Shaw/Tumblin collection and Grey Smith of Heritage Auctions for many of the photos.
“As a longtime subscriber of TV Guide (an icon themselves) I had no doubt that they would do justice to the greatest movie ever made,” said Sutherland.  “And they did. It’s a great tribute for the 75th anniversary.”
The TV Guide American Icons Special Edition Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary magazine also contains alternate endings, deleted scenes, and “what might have been” if other actors who tried out for the movie had made it.
This is just one of many special books and events that will be happening in 2014. Two of the upcoming events this author is involved in are listed below.
Mon. April 7- (St. Louis, Missouri)  Gone Wiith the Wind Tea, featuring author Sally Tippett Rains speaking about her book The Making of a Masterpiece, the Story of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, 11:30 a.m. at the Crestwood Community Center.  GWTW event to benefit the historic Sappington House.
June- 6, 7, and 8th – (Marietta, Georgia) 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum. More information on this exciting event will be coming soon, but mark it on your calendar

Link to the TV Guide 75th Annual Special Edition: http://www.classicmoviefavorites.com/tv-guide-75th-anniversary-gone-wind/

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