2011 is the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Sally Tippett Rains is available for speaking engagements and she can add an element of Civil War history or Movie history to your event. Rains can speak about any aspect of Gone With the Wind, either in regular clothes or dressed in a hoop skirt to enhance your gathering.
To book rains, contact:: info@GWTWbook.com
The Making of a Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell's Classic Novel Gone With The Wind contains the exclusive Civil War history behind Margaret Mitchell's story. Rains had access to a scrapbook from Mitchell's family which contains pictures from the 1800's as well as stories from Mitchell's Civil War ancestors. Some of these stories are very similar to stories in Gone With The Wind.
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About Vivien Leigh
Much has been written about the great actress Vivien Leigh, who was taken in death at such a young age. Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, India, on November 5, 1913 and died in 1967. Her stage name was derived from the first name of her first husband. Though best remembered as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, Leigh was a very accomplished actress. She lived most of her life in England and commuted to the United States and other parts of the world for her movie roles.
After Gone With The Wind, she had starring roles in Anna Karenina (1948),where she played Anna, and then in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) where she won her second Academy Award for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois.
According to Leigh Mills, who runs the Vivien Leigh Fan Club and website, Vivien-Leigh.com, at one period in her life she owned 16 Siamese cats. She had her luggage monogrammed with VLO, the “O” standing for Laurence Olivier, the great love of her life. Even after they divorced she used the luggage. When she traveled to America, she had her Rolls Royce brought over. The license plate read “VLO.”
Vivien Leigh was a very emotional person and according to Mills, she “did not always enjoy watching Gone With The Wind. In fact, it became quite painful.”
Mills quoted Leigh as saying, “It makes me so sad to think of that picture…so many of its people are dead—Clark (Gable), Leslie (Howard), dear Hattie (McDaniel), Victor (Fleming), and even Margaret Mitchell…the last time I saw the film, I wept all the way through it.”
Strange she felt that way and then she died a few years later, at the all too young age of 53.
Throughout the years since Gone With The Wind was produced, legend had it that producer David O. Selznick “discovered” his “Scarlett O’Hara” on the night they filmed the big fire scene, that his brother Myron had brought her in at a most dramatic time and presented her to his brother saying something like, “I present to you your Scarlett O’Hara.”
Later on, a writer discredited the story and presented another one, but The Making Of A Masterpiece has the direct quotations from Selznick’s assistant Marcella Rabwin on the topic. Her sons, Mark and Paul had saved a tape recording of Rabwin’s from a speech she gave, and they shared the tape with author Sally Tippett Rains. Turns out Marcella remembers it pretty much the same as far as Myron Selznick presenting Vivien Leigh to his brother David that night.