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We highlight some of the memorable moments in the history of Gone With the Wind.

1926

Margaret Mitchell begins writing book


1936

Gone With the Wind published


July 1936

David O. Selznick buys movie rights


December 1936 - December 1937

Nearly every major Hollywood actress tests for the role of Scarlett, including Joan Crawford (pictured here.)

August 1938

Clark Gable signed to play Rhett


December 1938

Filming begins with the Burning of Atlanta Segment


Janaury 1939

Vivien Leigh hired to play Scarlett


January 1939

Principal photography begins


February 1939

Director George Cukor fired


February 1939

Director Victor Fleming hired


June 1939

Filming completed


September 1939

Sneak preview held in Riverside, CA

December 12, 1939

Atlanta premiere


December 19, 1939

NY City premiere


1940

Gone With the Wind receives 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture


November 6, 1976

NBC pays $5 million to air Gone With the Wind one time only.

March 1985

Home Video Release


2000

DVD Release


December 2009

Blu-Ray Release








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Gone With the Wind


Rhett Butler ( Clark Gable ):

"You're like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole but is terribly terribly sorry he's going to jail."