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.

Lots of GWTW Events to Choose From, Here’s the Schedule for the Marietta Event

By Sally Tippett Rains

Mickey Kuhn, Ann Rutherford, and Patrick Curtis will be at the Marietta GWTW Event.

The year 2011 is a fun year for fans of Gone With The Wind as there are many events going on.  We were pleased to be involved with a wonderful event in Marshfield, Mo. a few weeks ago with GWTW collector Dr. Christopher Sullivan and Greg Giese who played “Baby Beau” and “Baby Bonnie” in the movie.

The reason for the many special events is that it is the 75th Anniversary of the release of the book by Margaret Mitchell. The book was published in June of 1936 though due to it being in the Book of the Month Club there was some maneuvering and some First Editions bear the date May 1936 and some have June 1936. Both are First Editions, just different printings.

The Margaret Mitchell House celebrated with an event May 14 and both the City of Marietta and the City of Jonesboro will be hosting events the weekend of June 10-11.  Today we will present the information from the Marietta GWTW Museum and in our next blog we’ll have the information from Jonesboro.

A savvy fan might be able to take in parts of both events, or at least tour both museums. The Marietta GWTW Museum, Scarlett on the Square has reserved some rooms at the Embassy Suites but there are also rooms available at the Marietta Drury Inn under “Gone With the Wind” for a limited time.

For those who came to  the St Louis event and stayed at the Drury Inn, y9u know the Drurys are friends of ours so I like to promote their hotels every chance I get. The Embassy Suites are nice also, but if they are full be sure to check out the Drury. Remember they had the hot breakfast and hot buffet for happy hour, and they too are offering a special rate.

Here is the schedule for the Marietta Event:

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011:
9:30-11:00 a.m. – Breakfast with the Stars, Marietta Country Club
($35.00 per person)

This first day get-together will introduce you to all of the weekend’s special guests.  Enjoy a wonderful breakfast buffet with all of the amazing stars at the beautiful Marietta Country Club.  Joining the lineup are Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn, Patrick Curtis, Geneva Miller Roberts, Morgan Brittany, Karolyn Grimes, Anne Edwards, Marianne Walker, John Wiley, Susan Lindsley, and Joseph Yakovetic.  Following breakfast, you will have an opportunity to mingle with the celebrities and take photographs.  An autograph signing will take place later in the event and we ask that you refrain from seeking autographs during this special gathering.

11:00-11:45 a.m. – Scarlett Look-Alike Contest, Marietta Country Club

All Scarlett wannabe’s will have an opportunity to dress in their favorite Walter Plunkett “knockoff” to vie for the best Scarlett at the event.  The contest judging will be led by our favorite Vivien Leigh/Scarlett star Morgan Brittany who will enlist the aid of her celebrity cohorts for a final decision of the winner.  A prize will be awarded to the winning Scarlett.

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1:30-3:30 p.m. – Here’s Looking at You Kid!, Hilton Ballroom
($35.00 per person)

What was it like to be a star in Hollywood at the ripe old age of 5? or 7?  or 12?  This is your opportunity to find out and the stories will come straight from the kids’ mouths.  We have all watched the classics on the big screen and on TV and wondered what it must feel like to play opposite some of the greatest stars in the world.  Morgan Brittany, Karolyn Grimes, Patrick Curtis, and Mickey Kuhn all grew up with a childhood we could only dream about.  During this event you will hear about the exciting and even funny moments in the lives of these one-time child stars and all their behind-the-scenes escapades during the filming of movies such as It’s A Wonderful Life, Gypsy, and Juarez.  Interview will be conducted by Connie Sutherland followed by brief Q&A from the audience.

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6:00-11:00 p.m. – The Stars Shine at Hamilton’s
($135 per person)

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Dinner:  Hamilton’s at the Hilton

Dinner is never better than when the stars are out.  Dine in the beautiful setting of Hamilton’s before an evening of entertainment with all of our talented special guests.

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7:15-8:15 p.m. – Program:  The Role of a Lifetime

You will need to brush up on your movie knowledge and acting skills for this fun program because you might be randomly selected for “the role of a lifetime.”  Have your cameras ready as anything can happen during this hilarious event.

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8:30-10:30 p.m. – Program:  An Evening with Anne Edwards

As a woman, her own life has been as interesting as those she has written about in her famous biographies.  As an author, she has given us the real stories of the likes of Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Diana, and dearer yet to our own hearts, Margaret Mitchell and Vivien Leigh.  Tonight, you will travel through the interesting years of her life as you spend an evening with Anne Edwards.  The in-depth interview will be conducted by Chris Sullivan.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011:

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Autograph Signing, Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

(No Charge)

The celebrities will sign autographs at the museum.  Two autographs per person, per celebrity will be permitted and no returns to the line will be allowed.  Note:  A fee may be imposed by celebrities for photographs, autographs or other memorabilia or personal items.  These fees are set by the celebrities and are not associated with the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum.

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12:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Swap Meet, Museum Courtyard

(No Charge)

Join in the fun to buy, sell, or trade during this fan-based swap meet in the courtyard area of the Gone With the Wind Museum (weather permitting).  In the event of inclement weather, the swap meet will be set up inside the museum in a location designated by staff.  Approximately 10-12 tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved by calling 770-794-5576.  You may also provide your own table if you wish.

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3:00-5:00 p.m. – Author’s Panel Discussion: Peggy’s Book, Hilton Ballroom
($35.00 per person)

Authors Anne Edwards, Marianne Walker, John Wiley and Susan Lindsley will discuss Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind and how it affected their personal lives and the writing of their own books.  A Q&A will follow the discussion.

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8:00-10:00 p.m. – The Golden Age of Hollywood with Ann Rutherford

($35.00 per person)

We have delighted in her stories of Gone With the Wind and her role as “Carreen O’Hara.”  Tonight we will hear how she got started in the “business,” her most memorable moments as an actress, her favorite and least favorite co-stars, and what life was really like during the golden age of Hollywood.  The interview will be conducted by Chris Sullivan and Connie Sutherland.

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The winner of a silent auction for a painting by Joseph Yakovetic rendered at the museum throughout the two-day event will be announced following the Ann Rutherford interview and Q&A.

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Actress Ann Rutherford who played “Carreen O’Hara” in the film and who has starred in movies such as Orchestra Wives, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, and the Andy Hardy Series which ran from 1938 to 1942, will once again warm our hearts with her participation in our June event.  Having played alongside such notables as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and George Montgomery, Ann’s career boasts more than 50 films and we will get an inside look at her memories.

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Also slated to appear is Mickey Kuhn who had a lucrative acting career as a young man (Juarez with Bette Davis, Red River with John Wayne, The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers starring Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas,  and of course, Beau Wilkes the 7-year old son of Ashley and Melanie in Gone With the Wind).  Mickey is the only actor to have played in two films with the beautiful Vivien Leigh.  Aside from Gone With The Wind, he also portrayed a young sailor who assisted Leigh’s character Blanche in boarding a streetcar (named Desire).

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Patrick Curtis played Baby Beau in “Gone With the Wind” (there were 4 Beaus all together).  While, still in diapers, he played the role of Nicky Charles in “Another Thin Man” to parents Nick and Nora Charles.  Patrick had roles in more than 70 movies and television shows.  He met the beautiful Linda Evans on the set of the Ozzie and Harriet show and they later became engaged, although he married a young college student named Raquel Welch, a union that lasted 14 years.  Patrick produces the Golden Boot Awards each year in Hollywood.

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Geneva Miller Roberts will make her second appearance at the museum having participated in our 70th anniversary event in 2009.  Geneva was a 13 year-old “extra” on the set of Gone With the Wind during the filming of the barbecue scene.  She will share some wonderful memories with her fans of her time on the set and seeing Clark Gable for the first time.  Geneva and her siblings were extras in quite a few films in Hollywood during its heyday.  We are so happy to have her back for this event as well as her very dear husband, Bob.

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Actress Morgan Brittany will be a first-time guest to the museum this June.  Morgan was a child actor (Suzanne Cupito) who played the very talented “Baby” June in Gypsy starring her favorite actress Natalie Wood.  Suzanne was seen in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and as Henry Fonda’s teenage daughter in Yours, Mine, and Ours.  She later played the conniving Katherine Wentworth in the famous TV show Dallas.  Morgan’s connection with Gone With the Wind came about because she bears a striking resemblance to actress Vivien Leigh.  She won roles in Gable and Lombard and The Scarlett O’Hara War playing the famous leading lady of Gone With the Wind.

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While child actress Karolyn Grimes had no part in Gone With the Wind, she still managed to snag a role in one of Hollywood’s most beloved films by playing the adorable ZuZu daughter of Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life.  Attending the June event as part of an interview segment called “Here’s Looking at You Kid” Karolyn will join the other former child stars to talk about her role as ZuZu as well as other roles in memorable films starring the likes of  John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye, and, of course, Jimmy Stewart.  She also starred in The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young.

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Confirmed for the Author’s Panel are:

Anne Edwards, author of biographies of such celebrities as Barbra Streisand, Princess Diana, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn.  Of course, nearer and dearer to our hearts are the biographies Vivien Leigh and Road to Tara: Life of Margaret Mitchell.  Ms. Edwards has led a most interesting life through her travels and interviews with a number of Hollywood’s most celebrated personalities.  She will sit in on a panel discussion with three other authors but ticket holders will be able to attend an in-depth interview as owner of the museum collection, Chris Sullivan asks all the right questions during “Meet Anne Edwards.”

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The museum is pleased to welcome first-time guest Marianne Walker (Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind) scheduled for re-release later this year or early next year.  Having met Marianne during my Margaret Mitchell House days, I can attest to what a delight she is to be around and so interesting.  Marianne will be an ideal panelist having met relatives of John Marsh and researched the family ties of the Mitchell and Marsh families.

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John Wiley whose new book was co-written with Ellen Brown (Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood) has received rave reviews since its release.  John is a collector of foreign editions of Gone With the Wind as well as acting editor for The Scarlett Letter publication.  We are very happy to have not only John Wiley, the author, but John Wiley, the friend to provide his own expertise for our author’s panel.

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Lastly, we are pleased to have Susan Lindsley, author of Susan Myrick of Gone With the Wind: An Autobiographical Biography, rounding out the panel.  Susan is also the niece of Sue Myrick, best friend of Margaret Mitchell who acted as a technical advisor on the set of Gone With the Wind in 1939.  Susan will provide us with childhood memories of having met Margaret Mitchell when she visited her Aunt Sue in south Georgia.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic, painter of shadows, will join us in Marietta again this year with his new Gone With the Wind prints.  Joe will also render another painting “live” at the museum during the two-day event that will be auctioned off on Saturday evening.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to purchase your prints, giclees, or original paintings to have them signed in person by Joe and the Gone With the Wind cast member who portrayed the character in the painting.

Please join us June 10-11 for A Tribute to Margaret Mitchell:  The Book That Touched the World.

Tickets purchased separately total $275.  However, we are offering a weekend one-price ticket for $250.  For reservations or information, please contact Connie Sutherland at 770-794-5145.

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