A date with history: 10 December 1938 -
80 years ago, and without a Scarlett being casted, the filming of Gone With the Wind began.
The first scene filmed was the ‘Burning of Atlanta’, at the back lot of Culver Studios. The set of King Kong was used for the burning of the city.
Filming began shortly after dark with William Cameron Menzies directing. David O.Selznick and George Cukor were there to observe.
Selznick’s brother, Myron, one of Hollywood’s top agents, was there too, accompanied by his newest client, Vivien Leigh. In an interview Selznick gave to the Atlanta Constitution in 1939, he said, “I shall never forget when Myron walked towards me with Ms Leigh. ‘David’, he said, ‘I want you to meet Scarlett O’Hara.’” To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of GWTW we are going to publish a series of posts, to revisit some of the most iconic moments of one of the most epic films of all times.
This picture: the woman near the structure to the left (circled) wearing a black coat and hat is believed to be Vivien Leigh.
We take the opportunity to recommend following GWTW aficionado @kevmicsul who always delights us with fascinating details about this classic film.
Source: The Making of GWTW, 2014
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