75 years of an ageless classic
by Sally Litchfield
June 05, 2014 10:15 PM | 2549 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fans gather for a group shot after dancing the Virginia Reel in Marietta’s Glover Park at the 70th anniversary museum event in 2009, attended by Warner Bros. <br> Special to the MDJ
Fans gather for a group shot after dancing the Virginia Reel in Marietta’s Glover Park at the 70th anniversary museum event in 2009, attended by Warner Bros.
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Fay Sorrow, left, and Scarlett Sloane, dressed as ‘Scarletts,’ pose by a ‘Gone With The Wind’ sign at entrance of Marietta Country Club for 75th anniversary event of Margaret Mitchell’s famous book.
Fay Sorrow, left, and Scarlett Sloane, dressed as ‘Scarletts,’ pose by a ‘Gone With The Wind’ sign at entrance of Marietta Country Club for 75th anniversary event of Margaret Mitchell’s famous book.
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An original dress worn by Vivien Leigh in her role as Scarlett at the museum.
An original dress worn by Vivien Leigh in her role as Scarlett at the museum.
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Seventy-five years ago, the Academy-award winning movie “Gone with the Wind” starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable premiered in Atlanta at the Loews Grand Theatre. The Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square celebrates the anniversary this weekend from Friday through Sunday with numerous activities.

“We’re the kickoff in June for (the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War in Marietta). It just also happens to be the 75th anniversary of ‘Gone With The Wind,’” said Connie Sutherland, director of the Gone With the Wind Museum.

“There’s something for everyone — if you like excitement, if you like to dance, if you like to have dinner, if you like to meet celebrities, if you enjoy reading the books. There’s just something for everyone,” Sutherland said.

The weekend includes a myriad of activities such as visits with cast members, television and child stars, authors of books and novels related to “Gone With The Wind,” along with a costume ball fashioned after a scene in the movie, movie wardrobe, exhibition of Civil War-era paintings by a friend of “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, a live auction of memorabilia and even some surprises.

For the 70th anniversary, people came from 26 different states and Germany and Poland.

“(The 70th anniversary) was a great success. We’re trying to do something like that again this year. We’ll be entertaining fans far and wide,” Sutherland said.

“Fans enjoy the most hearing stories they’ve never heard from people who are actually involved in some way or have that legacy left to them,” she said.

“You don’t have to be a diehard ‘Gone With The Wind’ fan to enjoy or appreciate what we’re doing. It’s a remembrance type thing. It’s something people want to do. It’s ageless in a way,” she said.

“It’s a full weekend. It’s an exciting weekend. We have some surprise visitors coming that the fans don’t know about.”

The museum is at 18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, one block off the Marietta Square in the Old Thomas Warehouse Building, circa 1880.

For a complete listing of activities, visit gwtwmarietta.com or call (770) 794-5576.

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