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20 July 2011 @ 07:14 am
Iconic 'Gone With the Wind' dress faded forever

By Jim Vertuno
Associated Press
Published July 20, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Efforts to preserve and restore several iconic dresses from the Oscar-winning Civil War movie "Gone With the Wind" have uncovered what might be painful for die-hard fans: Some of them simply can't be made to look like they did on screen.

Stitching and holes can be repaired and extra feathers added years ago can be removed, but the dresses are old, badly faded in spots and in one case, just too fragile to handle.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas announced a $30,000 effort last year to preserve five of the dresses acquired with the collection of film producer David O. Selznick in the 1980s. The goal is to have them ready for a 2014 exhibit to mark the film's 75th anniversary.

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What makes me the saddest about this article is not the fact that the dresses are ruined and discolored in some places. I have never understood the appeal of an old item being worth more when it is in pristine condition. To me, anything is worth more when it has been used and loved. It has more history that way. For example, I have a first edition 1938 copy of Gone With the Wind. The binding is tearing and I love it. I like to pretend that someone like me, years ago, loved this book as much as I do now.

The part of this article that is the most depressing is that it sheds light on the fact that these beautiful dresses Walter Plunkett designed simply will not be around much longer. Like Scarlett's wedding veil, they can not stand the test of time. I hope to see the exhibit in 2014 so that when my children and grandchildren love Gone With the Wind as I do, I can tell them how I saw Scarlett's dresses. Even though they won't be as perfect as they were in the movie, I know they will still be just as breathtaking — "brown mustard" stains and all.

(x-posted at my personal journal)
03 August 2010 @ 03:28 pm
This song is perfect for them...
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07 July 2009 @ 08:38 pm

Vivien Leigh
November 5, 1913-July 7, 1967
Gone With the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara.
Winner of two Academy Awards for best actress.
Rest in Peace.

15 May 2009 @ 07:30 pm

Hi everyone !
'm a fan of  Gone With the Wind and like to make graphics. I created Gone With the Wind Graphics -an graphic community dedicated to all things related to Gone With the Wind. So if you're fan please join us. Gone with the wind Graphics

Apologies beforehand if not allowed.
16 January 2009 @ 08:55 pm
Hello everyone! I know I have been AWOL for a long time. I am having some troubles in my personal life, which has left me extremely busy.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know that I have for sale a couple of Larry and Vivien items that I thought you would all be interested in. I have them on e-Bay for "Buy it Now", but if you want an item and do not want to go through e-bay, I can do that. Just e-mail me at suicidalriot@gmail.com and we can work it out!

What I have I put links below, as well as the item name.

- "Hamlet" Movie/Theatre Playbill : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180321471577 (2 available)

- "Hamlet" Movie Program : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=180321470953

- "The Story of Gone With The Wind Official Program" : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180321472768

- "Screen Romances Magazine- July 1940- Pride & Prejudice w/ Larry Olivier" : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180321474432

I also have several playbills that I am looking to sell (mostly Vivien). I have:
- A single playbill that includes both productions of "Antony & Cleopatra" and "Caesar and Cleopatra" (with Viv and Larry). It is in good shape, however when I got it there was a tear on the cover, but it has been carefully mended with tape, so it isn't too bad. -- $20 + shipping

- "The Skin of Our Teeth" (July 1945) -- $10 + shipping

- "South Sea Bubble" -- $10 + shipping

- "The Sleeping Prince" (with Viv and Larry) -- $10 + shipping

- "Antony & Cleopatra" @ St. James Theatre (with Viv and Larry) -- $15 + shipping

- "A Streetcar Named Desire" -- $15 + shipping

- "Ivanov" @ O'Keefe Centre -- $10 + shipping

- "Tovarich" (Playbill: the weekly magazine for theatregoers) -- $7 + shipping

- "Duel of Angels" (Playbill: the weekly magazine for theatregoers) -- $7 + shipping

- "Vivien Leigh" AUTHENTIC Fabric Swatch of Clothing She Wore -- http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-VIVIEN-LEIGH-CLOTHING-SWATCH-DONRUSS-290-500_W0QQitemZ180320461388QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_SM_Sports_Cards?hash=item180320461388&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

I can combine shipping, just ask. Please EMAIL me (suicidalriot@gmail.com) instead of commenting.

Anyway, hope everyone is well!
20 November 2008 @ 12:28 am
I know that there is a nice number of books about Vivien and I'd love to get some recommendations. I am not so much into gossip and scandals but after a respectful biography with a good selection of pics.
09 October 2008 @ 11:11 pm
I was going through my DVDs a few minutes ago (I was alphabetizing them because I have gotten tired of attempting to find what I am looking for by throwing DVDs around in a pile lol), anyway, I came across my "That Hamilton Woman" DVD and popped it in just to watch the one scene where Emma finds Lord Nelson came for her after the party and they embraced :) I thought I would share it with some caps :)

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08 October 2008 @ 11:29 am
I sent this to Kendra so I'll post this here also :

At long last Warner will be releasing Waterloo Bridge (1940) on DVD on Jan. 27. Start saving up !

22 September 2008 @ 12:45 am
I'm a fan of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind and like to make graphics. I created Gone With the Wind Stills-an icontest community dedicated to all things related to Gone With the Wind-challenges are mostly based on the 1939 film. So if you're fan please join us. Our first challenge is on Scarlett O'Hara and has been posted. gwtw_stills
03 September 2008 @ 03:43 am
1-3 Vivien Leigh
4-6 Waterloo Bridge
# 7 Caesar and Cleopatra
8-15 Gone with the Wind
16-18 Wuthering Heights (1939)


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