Saturday, December 15, 2012

This Day in History "GONE WITH THE WIND" made it's debut

Gone with the Wind, first published in 1936, is a romance novel written by Margaret Mitchell, who received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the book in 1937.The movie released in 1939 and is still shown today. Every female would like a Rhett Butler in her life and Yep! I watch it every time hoping they will change the ending.

December 15, 1939 --Seventy-Three years ago today, Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler became part of an American legend with the release of the novel "Gone With the Wind."

The book, by southerner Margaret Mitchell, was an immediate hit and sparked a literary frenzy. Within six months of its release, it had sold more than one million copies. The author even sold movie rights to the tale about a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction even before the book was released. Mitchell was paid an unprecedented $50,000 by MGM to make the novel into a movie.

The movie, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh also became a runaway hit, forever searing Rhett Butler's line (among others) into the American
public memory: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"

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