2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
(By Sally Tippett Rains) –If you are reading this article you already know about the many Gone With The Wind outlets available to fans. There are books, museums, exhibits, and more, but now the state of Atlanta is letting the cat out of the bag and promoting these places to which GWTW Fans and “Windies” have always enjoyed going. They have started a “Gone With The Wind Trail” advertising campaign which will be added to as they go along. Recently Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Legislature granted official designation to the nation’s only “Gone With The Wind Trail”.
Fans of Gone With The Wind lost a special lady as Ann Rutherford passed away this month. A memorial service is in the works in Marietta, GA. She played such a big part in the 70th Anniversary of the movie but did not make it to the 75th which will be in 2014.
An exhibit in the Los Angeles area is being planned for the 75th Anniversary. Did you know GWTW fans and movie buffs have been holding these types of events for a very long time. In the 1970’s there were a series of Film events around the country, and St. Louis events featured at least four actors who were in Gone With The Wind.
Events Featuring The Stars Are not New
Bob Frischman of St. Louis has always loved old movies, especially the old Westerns, but when he helped put on a film event focussing on Westerns in St. Louis in the late 1970’s he was surprised at how many of the attendees had ties to Gone With the Wind. After he got to meet them, he zeroed in on that movie and got to talk to several who are no longer with us about their time with one of the most famous movies ever.
Some of those he talked to were Butterfly McQueen who played Prissy and Rand Brooks who played Charles Hamilton. There were also famous actors from old Westerns who had minor parts in Gone With The Wind: Victor Jory and Yakima Canutt.
“I was on the committee and got to escort Victor Jory around,” he said recently displaying some of the pictures he took back then. Victor Jory played Jonas Wilkerson, who was fired as the O’Hara’s overseer after Ellen O’Hara found out he had fathered a baby (“who has mercifully died”) with “the white trash Slattery girl.” He later ended up marrying Emmie Slattery, who he said had a hankerin’ to live at Tara.
“I got to pick him up at the airport and drive him around,” Frischman said. “He was as nice as anything. They were different in those days. They signed autographs and didn’t charge for them.”
Frischman, formerly the Sports Information Director for St. Louis Community College at Meramec and currently a Mass Communications teacher at Lindenwood University, also got to interview Rand Brooks.
“Rand Brooks is from St. Louis,” said Frischman. “I have his obituary from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.”
He also interviewed Butterfly McQueen when she was in St. Louis.
“She was appearing at the American Theater in Show Boat,” he said. I was interviewing her for a free-lance print story. When I got to the theater, no one stopped me and I just walked right in, and found my way backstage. There she was in her dressing room with the door open.”
He has the interview on tape and we will share more of it at a later time, but he did talk to her about her time on Gone With The Wind.
“She talked about how poorly the blacks were treated on the set in general,” he said. “Now keep in mind this was 1938. The one person she said really stood up for the blacks was Clark Gable. She also said how proud she was that she was in Gone With The Wind.”
Gone With The Wind Trail
The Gone With The Wind Trail is an official state designated trail established as a marketing partnership between the communities of Marietta, Atlanta and Jonesboro.
Through the trail, visitors will discover the history and legacy behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, uncover the complex life of author and native Georgian, Margaret Mitchell, and explore the road to freedom from Georgia’s Antebellum ideals to modern day’s progressive, urban environment. At present, featured sites include Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, Atlanta’s Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta Fulton County Public Library and Oakland Cemetery and Jonesboro’s Road To Tara Museum.
Founded in 2011, the Gone With The Wind Trail is a marketing partnership between the Marietta Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The official designation of the Gone With the Wind Trail is the first step towards a more comprehensive tourism campaign meant to include an expanded Web site, way finding signage program, marketing collateral and advertising campaign.
For additional information, please visit www.gwtwtrail.com.
75th GWTW Anniversary Event being planned…
Plans are already in the works for a big 75th Anniversary Gone With The Wind Exhibit in Annaheim, California at the Muzeo, and in order to make it the best exhibit possible, the coordinators are reaching out to GWTW collectors and fans.
“GONE WITH THE WIND
From Book, to Film and Beyond”
Tentative: MUZEO in Anaheim, California
Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014
This is in it’s planning stages and they need your help.
This is a legitimate show with approx 3500 – 4000 sft to fill.
Looking for spectacular collectors exhibits.
If you have something to exhibit pertaining to someone associated with the film, coat, hat, etc… or any items you would like to include in our display please contact Joseph Yakovetic.
They have to fill the space before moving forward with even confirming the exhibition. He would like to get this figured out ASAP.
Memorial Service for Ann Rutherford:
The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum
will host a remembrance service for
Ann Rutherford Dozier
Sunday, July 29 11:00 a.m.
Murray Arts Center 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw
A post-service reception and special tribute to Ann
will be held at the Marietta GWTW Museum —18 Whitlock Avenue – Marietta
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Connie Sutherland, Director Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum
PH: 770-794-5145 FAX: 770-794-5139
They would appreciate an RSVP if you plan to go. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sally Tippett Rains is the author of The Making of a Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind (www.GWTWbook.com)