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requently Asked Questions
Written by the "Answer Lady"

Kathleen Marcaccio

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1. Where can I learn more background about GWTW?
2. Who owns the copyrights to GWTW?
3. Where are all the Oscar statues from GWTW?
4. Will there be a sequel to follow "Scarlett"?
5. Where I can I find GWTW newsletters or Clubs?
6. Where can I find GWTW stores and resources?
7. Where can I find historical LIFE Magazine articles?
8. Where can I learn more about Margaret Mitchell?
9. I'm doing research for my GWTW term paper. Any suggestions?
10. Is it possible to obtain an original copy of the book?
11. Where can I learn about the movie cast?
12. Is the book historically accurate?
13. Do you know anything about a sequel called "My Beloved Tara"?
14. How many "Motion Picture Edition" books of GWTW have been produced?
15. How many original Movie Programs have been produced?


1.

Where can I learn more background about GWTW?

Check your library and bookstore. I have a fabulous book called The Gone With The Wind Companion by Stephen J. Spignesi, published by Penguin Books in the USA. It's not very old; if you can find a copy for yourself it has a lot of info that you could use. It's mostly about the BOOK and MOVIE but has some info about the author and Southern living.

Another book I have that mostly deals with GWTW collectibles, but also contains lists of organizations and publications related to GWTW, is "The Complete Gone With The Wind Sourcebook" by Pauline Bartel. You would find many contact groups with names and addresses.

This site is a must-visit: Be sure to visit the website for the Margaret Mitchell house:
http://www.gwtw.org. There are links with text and pictures of her life and all kinds of good background. No phone is listed on the page, but there is a visitors center at:

 

The Margaret Mitchell House
999 Peachtree Street, Suite 775
Atlanta, GA 30309

2.

Who owns the copyrights to GWTW?

Turner Entertainment recently sold its rights to GWTW to Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers holds the rights to this movie along with some 4000 other movies. We don't know the details of the agreement between Warner Brothers and Turner. Merchandise licensing therefore is issued from Warner's.

Warner Brothers can be contacted here:
Warner Brothers Worldwide Publishing
400 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-1704

Phone: (818)977-3065
Fax: (818)977-8974

3.

Where are all the Oscar statues from GWTW?

With regard to the Oscars, Vivien Leigh's Oscar for Scarlett was sold in New York a few years back to an anonymous buyer for $200,000+. I have never heard who actually bought it. I assume Vivien Leigh's daughter Suzanne Holman Farrington permitted the sale as it most likely was in her possession.

I read a few years back in a biography of Hattie McDaniel called "Hattie" that her Oscar plaque (supporting winners until 1943 were given small Oscar plaques instead of full-size Oscars) was stolen from somewhere where she had donated it. At the time of the biography's date, 1990 or 1991, it had not been recovered. These need to be on display somewhere if people would quit thinking of themselves and think of the legions of GWTW fans who would cherish seeing these remarkable items.

David O. Selznick's Oscars for GWTW and "Rebecca" are at the Selznick Archives in Texas. David O. Selznick's Best Picture Oscar for "GWTW" was auctioned off in June 1999 by Sotheby's of New York. The winning bid of $1,542,500 by placed by singer Michael Jackson. The other Oscars won by the film's individuals are probably still with their families.

4.

Will there be a sequel after "Scarlett"?

Back in 1978, Anne Edwards (who wrote biographies of both Margaret Mitchell and Vivien Leigh) completed writing a 750-page sequel to GWTW which she called "Tara: The Continuation of Gone With The Wind."

Initially Edwards was hired to write a screenplay for a GWTW movie sequel, but she ended up writing a novel. The screenplay was to be written from Edwards' manuscript by James Goldman. Long story short, due to legal problems (like the fact that Margaret Mitchell's will stipulated that there be an ironclad commitment to make a movie of a sequel before a sequel book could be published--and who owned the movie rights), the Edwards sequel was never published.

This situation took more than 5 years to resolve in court. In the end, it was ruled that Margaret Mitchell's estate owned the rights to a sequel movie and book. Thus Alexandra Ripley was hired to write the authorized GWTW sequel "Scarlett" published in September 1991.

The "Scarlett" miniseries aired in November 1994 and is available on video. A continuation of "Scarlett" has been authorized by Margaret Mitchell's estate. In fact, Emma Tennant, a British author, was selected and has written the continuation, which was tentatively titled "Tara" and to be published by St. Martin's Press. However, St. Martin's Press did not like the manuscript and will not publish it.

Author Pat Conroy had negotiated for some three years in an effort to be named the author of another GWTW sequel. But talks broke off entirely in late 1998 when Mr. Conroy was unable to come to an agreement concerning royalties and fees.

Sources say that publisher St. Martin's Press, which paid $4.5 million for the rights to the successor of "Scarlett", has only one more opportunity to select and come to terms with an author.

If you have specific questions, please contact me at AnswerLady@scarlett.org.

5.

Where I can I find GWTW newsletters or Clubs?

Click here fir list.

6.

Where can I find GWTW stores and resources?

Click here for list.

7.

Where can I find historical LIFE Magazine articles?

Click here for list.

8.

Where can I learn more about Margaret Mitchell?

Click here for list.

9.

I'm doing research for my GWTW term paper. Any suggestions?

Click here for list.

10.

Is it possible to obtain an original copy of GWTW?

If you are interested in collecting various editions of "Gone With The Wind," it would be to your benefit to learn more about what has actually been published. As already mentioned, a true first edition of GWTW has May 1936 printing date (always look on the reverse of the title page to see the printing history). Between May 1936 and December 1936, approximately 1 million copies of GWTW were printed. And each printing is recorded on the reverse of the title page. Some months had only one printing (like May) and some had several (June had 3) printings. Over the years I've acquired a several dozen different printings of GWTW. I look for differences in the cover (cloth vs. cardboard, different color lettering, different colors), different printers or linotypesetters, different size books, etc. And I'm trying to get at least one edition for each year from 1936 through 1950, if that is possible. In the 1950s (1954), a book club edition was issued. These books are easily identified by the number of pages, number of columns on a page, or the dust jacket which says Book Club Edition. Garden City Books, Garden City, NJ was the publisher for a couple years before Macmillan took over. Unfortunately, for some people, it is hard to know that this is a book club edition, since the copyright date says simply 1936. I guess that without the full printing history, you should be cautious in making the acquisition. Beyond the early original editions and the Book Club Editions, GWTW was also issued in paperback (with some 12 or so different covers available over the years) plus numerous Anniversary Editions and other special editions. I strongly recommend Herb Bridges' book "Frankly My Dear....Gone With The Wind Memorabilia" available from Mercer University Press for $34.95. It has photos and descriptions of many of the different editions of the book, plus the range of GWTW memorabilia. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have more questions or need more information. AnswerLady@scarlett.org

11.

Where can I learn about the movie cast?

For information about Vivien Leigh, be sure to visit The Vivien Leigh Pages.

Also click here for a list of library resources.

12.

Is the book historically accurate?

Yes, it is true that Margaret Mitchell endeavored to make "Gone With The Wind" as historically accurate as possible. To do so, she enlisted the assistance of the librarians at the Carnegie Library in Atlanta (now the Atlanta-Fulton County Library). A 3-page article in the February 1940 issue of the Wilson Library Bulletin details what efforts the librarians made at MM's request to check historical facts. Among the topics investigated: all mentions of guns, perfumes, dances, Civil War attire, music, songs, etc. MM also went to great lengths, searching through the census records, to be sure that no GWTW character carried the name of real person living during the time period covered by GWTW in the locales mentioned.

Nonetheless, there are apparently some factual errors, especially about the Civil War. An article "I Didn't Want To Get Caught Out...," Or Gone With The Wind as History" by Albert Castel appeared in the June-July 1986 issue of the Blue & Gray Magazine. In the article, Prof. Castel outlines a number of inaccuracies concerning soldier uniforms, numbers, etc. Sounds like Margaret Mitchell did everything she could at the time to insure the historical accuracy of GWTW, but a number of details slipped through. C'est la vie!

13.

Do you know anything about a sequel called "My Beloved Tara"?

Click here for synopsis.

14.

How many "Motion Picture Edition" books of GWTW have been produced?

There are at least six different Motion Picture Editions of "Gone With The Wind." 

In conjunction with the release of the movie, a paperback (yellow cover featuring the Paris Hat scene) was issued by Macmillan for 69 cents.  This cover says "Complete and Unabridged."  And actually all six of these Motion Picture Editions have the exact same inside pages (although two versions include full GWTW printing history).

At some point, Grosset & Dunlap bought a stock of the paperback edition and replaced the paper cover with their own cloth cover (it came in both red and green cloth) and provided a dust jacket featuring an artist rendition of Scarlett and Rhett in the garden of a lovely Southern home).  The Grosset & Dunlap books say "Complete Edition" on the cloth cover and "Complete and Unabridged" on the dust jacket.

Then Macmillan decided to publish a hardcover Motion Picture Edition featuring the Paris Hat Scene (that was on the original paperback edition).  These Macmillan hardcover editions were issued in two colors: maroon with gold lettering and brown with green lettering.  Neither edition includes any wording about "Complete and Unabridged."

Macmillan also issued another hardcover Motion Picture Edition featuring a watercolor illustration called "The Flight to Tara".  This edition, however, does not include any cast listing or illustrations from the film.  As far as I know, this is the rarest of the Motion Picture Editions.

15.

How many original Movie Programs have been produced?

There are at least six different back covers to the original GWTW movie program.

The earliest one is thought to be the one with the blank back cover and, at the bottom, the following blurb:  This booklet, edited by Howard Dietz, is sold in theatres showing "Gone With The Wind" and may be purchased from Greenstone, 1547 Broadway, New York City.  25 cents per copy."

The next version contains the above blurb as well as eight color character portraits, with Alicia Rhett in the lower right corner.  (This is the one portrait that was changed for another version.)

The next two versions--another blank back cover and the back cover with the eight color character portraits, this one with Hattie McDaniel in the lower right corner--have the original blurb with a change of address (now "145 W. 45th Street") for the publisher.

Note the portrait of Hattie McDaniel; this makes it a rare item.

The fifth and sixth version--3rd blank back cover and the back cover with Alicia Rhett--has yet another change in the blurb for the publisher's name, now listed as "Ellison B. Greenstone."

All six versions were released within months of the premiere.

In addition to back cover differences, there are some other differences within the program itself.

As for the value, the rarest is the back cover with the Hattie McDaniel portrait. This version is valued anywhere between $75 and $250, depending on condition and market conditions.  Most other original movie programs start at around $50 and go up from there.


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