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Harry Ransom Center

The Making of "Gone With The Wind"

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Winner of eight Academy Awards - featuring the biggest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age and still number one in ticket sales - "Gone With The Wind" continues to captivate the world 75 years after it was made.

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, is organizing a major exhibition about the making of "Gone With The Wind", the 1939 blockbuster film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell,

Opening in September 2014 the exhibition will be an historical examination into the making of this quintessential Hollywood film.

Before a single frame was shot, the film was embroiled in controversy for its depiction of race and violence in the Civil War-era Old South.

Drawn exclusively from the Ransom Center's David O. Selznick archive, the exhibition will include photographs, audition footage, storyboards, letters, and the legendary producer's own memos.

Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes view of the four year journey, from the purchase of the movie rights, to Hattie McDaniel's Oscar win as best supporting actress.

The exhibition will also feature three original gowns worn by Vivien Leigh, in her Oscar-winning performance as Scarlett O'Hara.

The newly conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

Visitors will be swept away by the tumultuous story behind the making of "Gone With The Wind" including issues of race and the film's depiction of history.

A beautifully illustrated book featuring never-before-seen images will serve as a permanent record to the exhibition.

A companion web exhibition will also be launched on the Ransom Center's website.

The 75th anniversary of this classic film provides an unique opportunity to showcase the Ransom Center's magnificent David O. Selznick collection and to provide a contemporary perspective on why "Gone With The Wind" remains one of the most iconic films of all time.

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