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Ann Rutherford biographer Phillip Done visits The Silver Screen Oasis

Actress Ann Rutherford (L) and actress Anne Jeffreys attend the first TCM Film Festival in LA in 2010.
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This weekend author Phillip Done will participate in a Question and Answer event as a Guest Star on the popular classic film website, The Silver Screen Oasis. Former Guest Stars include such famous writers as Scott Eyman, Kevin Brownlow, Dwayne Epstein, Eve Golden, Carl Rollyson and Lee Server.

Done will be available to discuss his latest book, "The Charms of Miss O'Hara: Tales of Gone With The Wind and the Golden Age of Hollywood by Scarlett's Little Sister," with website members, and anyone with an email address can register on the website in order to post questions.

Ann Rutherford, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was the daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and an actress mother, Lillian Mansfield. Soon after Ann Rutherford was born, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in 1925.

Ann appeared in numerous local stage plays and on radio for the next nine years before making her initial screen appearance in "Waterfront Lady" (1935), and she was soon assigned to two more films in 1935: "Melody Trail" (1935), and "The Fighting Marines" (1935).

Rutherford became a leading lady in fabled Westerns with famous Western legends like John Wayne and Gene Autry. When Ann was 17, she received a contract from MGM, where she would become well-known for her portrayal of "Polly Benedict" in the popular "Andy Hardy" series with Mickey Rooney. Ann's first role as "Polly" was in 1938, in "You're Only Young Once" in 1937. Three more Andy Hardy films were produced that same year: "Out West with the Hardys" (1938), "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938), and "Judge Hardy's Children" (1938), according to her IMDB biographical information.

Rutherford also appeared in Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" (1938), in which she was the Spirit of Christmas Past. In 1939, she earned the coveted role of Scarlett's little sister, Carreen O'Hara, in "Gone with the Wind" in 1939, which brought her everlasting fame and a legion of fans who treasure the David O. Selznick film of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind."

Rutherford also appeared in several film noirs, and episodic television, but her most important attribute, according to Phillip Done is her unflinting, zealous approach to a life well-lived, giving presents and spreading joy wherever she went.

Author Phillip Done will be available on The Silver Screen Oasis from August 8-August 10.

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