During Gone With the Wind‘s filming, Vivien Leigh complained constantly about the script’s unplayable dialogue and kept a copy of Margaret Mitchell’s novel with her to bolster her arguments. David O. Selznick frequently yelled at her to “please put that damn book away.”
One dialogue battle that Leigh went head-to-head with Selznick on concerned Scarlett’s line when Rhett visits after Frank Kennedy’s funeral. Victor Fleming directed this scene, as well as the scene in which Scarlett eases her widow’s grief with brandy, on Monday, April 24, 1939.
A tipsy, tearful Scarlett admits to Rhett that she is glad her mother is dead and can’t see her. “I always wanted to be like her — calm and kind — and I certainly have turned out disappointing.”
Selznick kept cutting the line, but Leigh fought for it. She believed it defined Scarlett’s character. Leigh won, and the line stayed in.
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