GWTW’s Script Saga

To replace George Cukor, Selznick approached Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) contract director Victor Fleming. Fleming was not interested in taking over the directorial reins of the troubled Gone With the Wind. At the time, he was manic with Munchkins on the set of The...

Myrick Dishes to Mitchell about Cukor’s Firing

On February 14, 1939, when technical adviser Susan Myrick arrived on Gone With the Wind’s set, she took one look at the gloomy faces of crew members, watched them whispering in small groups and realized that something was going on. She asked assistant director Eric G....

Clark Gable: Before He Was Rhett

Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to William H. Gable, a wildcatter in the oil-drilling business, and Adeline (Addie) Hershelman Gable, a farmer’s daughter. Sadly, Addie died nine months and thirteen days after her son’s birth. In April 1903,...

January 25, 1939: Principal Filming Begins!

On Thursday, January 26, 1939, director George Cukor yelled “Action,” and Gone With the Wind‘s principal photography began. The opening scene he shot that day turned out to be one of Gone With the Wind‘s jinxed scenes. Vivien Leigh in her green sprig silk muslin dress...

January 13, 1939 is Lucky Day for Leigh

Friday the 13th in January 1939 was lucky for Vivien Leigh: It was the day that David O. Selznick announced her selection as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Leigh signed her contract in Selznick’s office at 5:50 p.m. After the signing, Selznick formally...
Pauline Bartel Welcomes Publication of New Gone With the Wind Book

Pauline Bartel Welcomes Publication of New Gone With the Wind Book

Pauline Bartel’s ninth book, Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day, was published in July 2022 by Lyons Press. The book chronicles the production, premieres, and reception of the iconic film from January 1, 1939 to December 31, 1939. Engaging, daily, behind-the-scenes...

5 Fast Facts About Writing and Publishing Your Book

Savvy business leaders recognize the power of a published book to establish a position as an authoritative and influential thinker. Businessman Harvey Mackay built his thought leadership brand with his first motivational book Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten...

Mining “What You Know” for Freelance Writing Gold

In my new Zoom course for SUNY Adirondack – “Ideas: Mining for Freelance Writing Gold” – I will share strategies that I have used profitably as a professional writer in both the magazine and book fields. Here is a sneak peek at one of those strategies: What You Know:...

Bartel Communications in the Chamber’s Member Spotlight

Pauline Bartel founded Bartel Communications, Inc., in 1997 as a corporate communications firm. From those early days of offering public relations and writing services, Pauline expanded the company over the years to include business-anniversary marketing services and...