Tag Archives: David O. Selznick

How Olivia de Havilland Won the Role of Melanie in GWTW

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary! RKO actress Joan Fontaine received a message that director George Cukor wanted her to read for GWTW. Oh, what she wouldn’t give to play Scarlett! But when she arrived for her appointment, she … Continue reading

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76th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind’s Oscar Wins

On February 29, 1940, Hollywood was abuzz and aglitter with Oscar fever. As was the custom, the names of the Oscar winners were revealed in advance to the press, with newspapers making a solemn promise not to break the news … Continue reading

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Selznick’s Best Picture Oscar is Missing!

In 1999, producer David O. Selznick’s 1939 Best Picture Oscar for Gone With the Wind sold at auction for more than $1.54 million to singer Michael Jackson. The presale estimate had ranged from $200,000 to $300,000. The winning bid by … Continue reading

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Autographed Bookplate for GWTW Fans

For the holiday season, I’m offering autographed bookplates for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). The 4” x 3” cream-color bookplate has a border that reminds me of the Art Deco design style popular during … Continue reading

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Receive Author’s Autograph by Mail

In honor of Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary, I’m offering autographed bookplates for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). The 4” x 3” cream-color bookplate has a border that reminds me of the Art … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind Changed the Oscars Forever

Board members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were furious over the Oscar news leak by the Los Angeles Times.   By custom, the academy had shared the names of Oscar winners with the media in advance of … Continue reading

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And the Winners Were…

With an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories (double nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Gone With the Wind won a record-breaking 8 competitive Academy Awards: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best Actress – Vivien Leigh Best Supporting Actress … Continue reading

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1939 Oscar Nominees Announced

On Monday, February 12, 1940, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of Oscar nominees for 1939. David O. Selznick’s masterpiece scored an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind Debuts in LA

The next major premiere for Gone With the Wind took place in Los Angeles at the Carthay Circle Theatre on Thursday, December 28, 1939, just three days before the deadline for the film to qualify for 1939’s Academy Awards. Searchlights swept … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Atlanta Premiere

On Friday, December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind debuted in Atlanta at the Loew’s Grand Theatre. A crowd of almost 18,000 people turned out to see the arrival of the stars. Clark Gable’s appearance caused some women to scream … Continue reading

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