Making of 'Gone With the Wind' Exhibit in North Carolina
See authentic memorabilia from one of the most famous films in history through December.
The true story of how Mitchell’s book became a record-breaking film is revealed in “Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind,” a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Showcasing authentic memorabilia — costumes, screen tests, scene props, a script, Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award and more — the exhibit will run through December 31.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see more than 120 items from the Shaw-Tumblin “Gone with the Wind” collection. James Tumblin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, owns the largest private collection of memorabilia, including a chair from the “Smoker’s Room” scene at the Twelve Oaks barbecue, Max Steiner’s original theme music score for the movie, the typewriter that screenwriter Sidney Howard used for the script, a letter of appreciation that Hattie McDaniel (“Mammy”) wrote to a fan and production paintings such as the “Burning of Atlanta” scene.
“’Real to Reel’ takes museum visitors behind the scenes of one of the most famous films in Hollywood history,” says Katie Edwards, who helped curate the exhibit, which debuted in 2012 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. “Through costume sketches, scene storyboards, letters and other items, the exhibit highlights the many tasks and challenges, as well as the controversy, involved in this major production.”
Producer David O. Selznick oversaw the making of “Gone with the Wind,” with a cast and crew of 4,000 and insisted on approving every detail of production. “Real to Reel” spotlights the roles of individuals, both on-screen and off-screen, who helped create the film. Movie buffs will recognize costumes worn by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and others. These costumes include Scarlett’s dress from the attack at Shantytown scene, Bonnie Blue’s velvet dress from her final scene and the uniform Ashley Wilkes wore when he returned home after the Civil War. Of the 1,500 outfits Walter Plunkett designed for the film, his favorite appears in the exhibit: Belle Watling’s burgundy velvet jacket and accompanying fur muff.
Admission to “Real to Reel” is $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors. Active military and their immediate family, children under 17 and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle members get in free.