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Steve Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Oct 1997 12:54:51 -0600
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I'd like to announce an Online Exhibition on "Gone With The Wind" which is
on the web site of The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The
University of Texas at Austin.
The exhibition is divided into the three sections:  "The Search For
Scarlett," "Costumes and Makeup," and "The Book Purchase."
"The Search For Scarlett" section shows how producer David O. Selznick and
his staff cast the most coveted role in the history of film.  This section
includes many verbatim transcriptions of actual memos and letters,
photographs of many of the top contenders for the role, and QuickTime video
clips from the screentests of Tallulah Bankhead, Lana Turner, Joan Bennett,
Jean Arthur, Paullette Goddard and Vivien Leigh.
The "Wardrobe and Makeup" portion includes biographies of costume designer
Walter Plunkett and makeup supervisor Monty Westmore, more than 30 makeup
photographs used in the production, and sections on several dresses from
the film.  Of particular interest is a QuickTimeVR Object Movie of the
famous Curtain Dress, the outfit Scarlett, in desparate straits after the
war, made from the green velvet curtains of her beloved plantation, Tara.
"The Book Purchase" portion of the exhibition featuers verbatim
transcriptions of actual memos, telegrams, teletypes and letters which tell
the complex and exciting story of how Selznick and Katherine Brown, his New
York story editor, aquired the film rights to Margaret Mitchell's novel.
The URL of the Gone With the Wind exhibition is
The online exhibition was conceived, designed, and produced by Steve Wilson.
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