Gone With the Wind fans can’t wait to celebrate the film’s 84th anniversary on Friday, December 15, 2023, during 1939’s twin year. Here are 8.4 ways to mark this cinematic and calendrical milestone:

  1. Watch Gone With the Wind. If you have the 75th anniversary DVD, pop the disk into your player. If you’d prefer streaming, find the film on your favorite platform. Then watch Scarlett O’Hara win hearts with a toss of her dark curls, flash her willful green eyes at disaster and vow to think of some way to get Rhett back.
  2. Eat barbecue. Head to your favorite barbecue place and chow down on ribs, chicken, pulled pork, cornbread, baked beans, coleslaw – whatever you like. Then imagine yourself arriving at Twelve Oaks to enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Wilkes family. Be sure to compliment India on her lovely dress.
  3. Take a nap. After a hearty meal, you’ll be ready for a nap – even if you’re not tired. As you know, well-brought-up folks take naps at parties, except Yankee girls in Saratoga, NY.
  4. Waltz around the room. Pretend you’re attending Atlanta’s Monster Bazaar. Take your partner in your arms and waltz around the room, as Scarlett and Rhett did. Flirting is allowed, but please – no Southern-belle simpers.
  5. Eat a radish. Recollect the hardships Scarlett experienced at the war-ravaged Tara by eating a radish. If devouring the pungent vegetable Scarlett style – right out of the garden, dirt and all – lacks appeal, slice the radish into a salad. Then vow to never be hungry again.
  6. Take a sip of brandy. Rhett doesn’t care if you like your brandy, so take a sip. Avoid downing the drink as Scarlett did in the dining room of her Atlanta home.
  7. Say “Fiddle-dee-dee.” Repeat Scarlett’s favorite expression of exasperation at least three times during the day. Should your vexation escalate, diffuse the situation by shouting “Great balls of fire!”
  8. Put yourself on Peachtree Street. Watch news coverage of Gone With the Wind’s three-day Atlanta celebration from the arrival of the stars, to the Junior League Ball and then the film’s long-awaited premiere. Visit this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKtFZgD8x40) for a compilation of news coverage, “Dixie Hails Gone With the Wind – the Atlanta Premiere.”

      8.4   Offer a toast. Raise a glass to David O. Selznick, his cast and crew for making Gone With the Wind.

Happy 84th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

2023 Twin Year: The 2023 calendar matches the days of the 1939, making 2023 a twin year to 1939. That’s the premise of Pauline’s new book Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day. In that book, she chronicles the production, premieres and reception of GWTW from January 1, 1939 to December 31, 1939. Fans will love following the drama and intrigue of GWTW’s production on each event’s exact day and date. #GWTW1939DaybyDay

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