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Authors and fans gather in June for 'Gone With The Wind' anniversary

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Fans of the 1939 film "Gone With The Wind" will gather in Marietta, Georgia, at the Marietta "Gone With The Wind" Museum from June 6-8, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film, and the 78th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Mitchell's only novel, which has been published in at least 1,000 foreign editions. Other venues for the events include the Theatre in the Square and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta, Georgia, which is 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Three-day event, which includes a play about the life of "Gone With The Wind" star Vivien Leigh, entitled "Vivien," will also host an author's panel with Kendra Bean, author of "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," Anne Edwards, author of "Vivien: A Biography" and "Road to Tara," Marianne Walker, author of "Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the WInd," John Wiley, author of "Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood," Susan Lindsley, Sally Tippett Rains, David O'Connell, Victoria Wilcox, and Kathryn Witt. A performance of the comedic radio drama, "The Wind Has Left" will be performed by museum members, event celebrities, and visiting authors.

Author Phillip Done, whose latest book is a biography of actress Ann Rutherford ("Careen O'Hara" in "Gone With The Wind") entitled "The Charms of Miss O'Hara: Tales of Gone With The Wind, And The Golden Age Of Hollywood From Scarlett's Little Sister" will also be part of the Author's Panel, and is traveling from Budapest, Hungary, where he works as an instructor for an international school.

Actors Mickey Kuhn ("Beau Wilkes"), Patrick Curtis ("Baby Beau") as well as actress Morgan Brittany ("Vivien Leigh" in "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars" and "Gable and Lombard") will participate in several events. Chris Sullivan, the owner of the "Gone With The Wind" memorabilia collection at the museum, and award-winning set designer and Disney artist Joseph Yakovetic will also be some of the experts attending the celebration.

The Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, in its 11th year at the "Scarlett on the Square" location, draws visitors from all 50 states and 80 foreign countries to see the vast museum collections, which also includes props and artwork from the film.

The Marietta museum includes original costumes from the film, special items donated to the museum by actress Ann Rutherford and many others, special editions of Margaret Mitchell's novel, rare publicity photos and articles, contracts, an original script, a special exhibit devoted to Oscar-winning African-American actress Hattie McDaniel, and an extensive gift shop where visitors can purchase books for author signatures, film-related gift items and memorabilia.

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