Gone with the Wind

Priya Sinha

Background Information

Gone with the Wind is based off of a book by Margaret Mitchell, published on June 10, 1936. The book has 1,037 pages, and the movie is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. David O. Selznick is the producer of the film, best known for producing Gone with the Wind, although he has brought to life several other notable stories, such as David Copperfield, Duel in the Sun, and Rebecca.


The film focuses around Scarlett O'Hara, a southern belle who struggles to find love during the chaotic years of the Civil War. She ends up marrying three times, becoming widowed twice and resolving to win back her lover the third time. Scarlett also tries to defend her plantation, Tara, from Yankees and astronomically high taxes.

Some Notable Quotes

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh was the actress for Scarlett O'Hara, and was paid between $25,000 and $30,000 for the role. She is considered one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of all time. She had bipolar disorder and died from tuberculosis on July 8th, 1967.
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Clark Gable

Clark Gable was paid $120,000 for his role as Rhett Butler. He is also known as "The King of Hollywood." Thanks to dental implants and poor dental hygiene, he suffered from halitosis. That is to say, he had extremely bad breath. He died November 16th, 1960.
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Olivia de Havilland

Known for her role in Gone with the Wind as Melanie Hamilton, she is just about the only actor who has featured in this film that is not yet dead. She was born on July 1st, 1916.
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Leslie Howard

Throughout the film, Ashley Wilkes (played by Leslie Howard) was Scarlett's obsession. Leslie Howard died during war on June 1st, 1943.
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