2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
This week’s article will be a “hodge-podge’ of information. Hope you enjoy this format. Please check back later this week for more updates on the November St. Louis event.
Michael Jackson is buried near Clark Gable—Two Stories About Gable’s Grave
It is hard to believe we are coming up on the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. What does this have to do with Gone With The Wind? He is buried in a mausoleum area of the famous Forest Lawn Cemetery, near Clark Gable, who of course played Rhett Butler in the 1939 movie.
According to TMZ, Jackson’s brother, Randy has been tweeting that he is trying to find a way to let the fans in to the usually private area on June 25th, the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. The website quoted Gable’s grandson, known as Clark Gable III as saying he is against it and the mausoleum “wouldn’t be as sacred” if the fans were allowed inside.
Speaking of Gable’s burial location, the security must not be as tight as it is reported to be because just this week TMZ reported that Gable’s grave has been defaced with lipstick. There is a lipstick “kiss” shown in the picture on the website, and they report that Gable’s son, John Clark Gable has been in contact with the security guards asking them to keep a better look-out.
Ann Rutherford Named Young Musicians Foundation Legend
Ann Rutherford, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s little sister in Gone With The Wind, showed up at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, On May 22 to raise money for the organization which among other things provides scholarships, performance opportunities and instruments for students who would not otherwise have access.
Rutherford was one of the stars of the show that night as she was named a Young Musicians Foundation “Legend.” She has long been interested in music and the foundation.
“Artie Shaw told me he never had his hand on an instrument until he went to school,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Gone With The Wind fans know her as Careen, but Ann Rutherford was a big star who among many other roles played Polly Benedict, with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the “Andy Hardy” films. On the other end of her actress spectrum she played Newhart’s mother-in-law on the Bob Newhart Show in the 1970’s.
Roma Downey and Jack Benny’s widow, Joan were among the guests at the luncheon.
New Old Movie Featuring Olivia de Havilland Now In Movie Stores
According to the New York Times, “With Ridley Scott’s dark and dour Robin Hoood now in American theaters, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has seized the moment to release four lesser known Robin Hood movies from the Columbia Pictures library.”
This includes a 1938 Warner Brothers version featuring Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian. The newspaper described de Havilland’s portrayal of the character as “ both lady fair and tomboyish.”
Hurricane Hunter Offers Help
Tom Barnes, author of Doc Holliday’s Road To Tombstone, was one of the people I interviewed for my book about Gone With The Wind. He is very knowledgeable about the history of Georgia as he produced a PBS documentary on Georgia’s History. He also wrote The Goring Collection, Lost in the Bermuda Triangle, and The Hurricane Hunters.
Barnes, who has been a hurricane hunter himself is interested in weather and is happy to answer any questions about it. “This is hurricane season and I follow the weather patterns in the Caribbean and South Atlantic,” said Barnes on his Facebook page. “You folks on the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the east coast take hurricane warnings seriously, and any questions about hurricanes ask me.” You can contact him through his website www.TomBarnes39.com or though his Rock The Tower blog.
Fathers Day Is June 20th—Here’s a Good Gift Suggestion
For those who like baseball or just reading an interesting mystery, you can order The Curse, Cubs Win! Cubs Win!…Or Do They? This is an exciting book written by former major league player Andy Van Slyke with veteran sports writer, and the sports editor of the Globe-Democrat.com, Rob Rains—who happens to be my husband. It contains real baseball history along with a compelling story which culminates in a situation where the Cubs might win the World Series…or do they? The book will be in bookstores in a few weeks, but now it is available on Amazon.com for a discounted price. They still have the “pre-order” price of $5 off, so until it hits the stores, you can get a good deal on it. Go to http://www.Amazon.com and select books and keyword: The Curse, Rob Rains.
Also for Sports Fans…I want to congratulate my son, B.J. Rains who just got hired by FOX Sports Midwest. He will be covering the Cardinals for their website and eventually will be making some television appearances. The website is www.FoxSportsMidwest.com.
Before becoming an author, I started out as a sports reporter and producer at KMOX/CBS Radio in St. Louis where I wrote and produced sportscasts and features for Bob Costas. He was such a great talent even back then he really didn’t need anyone to write for him, but nevertheless, it was my job.
Because of my sports background and my husband and son’s jobs, I like to include articles with sports, especially baseball connections in my writing occasionally. My other son, Mike is majoring in Sports Management, so we have a very “sporty” house. We plan to make the trip to Cooperstown, New York when our favorite baseball manager of all time, Whitey Herzog is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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By Sally Tippett Rains, author of The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Classic Novel, Gone With The Wind. (www.GWTWbook.com) Follow me on Twitter at GWTWbookSally and on Facebook at GWTWbook.com. June 7, 2010