Gone with the Wind Screen Tests & Auditions


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A total of 32 actresses tried out for the role of Scarlet O'Hara, and many others who auditioned for the other principle parts in the 1939 film Gone With The Wind. Hindsight tells us the final casting was perfect, but it's interesting to think about some of these other folks in those roles. -via Laughing Squid

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GWTW is my all-time favorite film and while I think the parts of Scarlett (2 T's!) Rhett and Melanie were perfectly cast, Leslie Howard was just all wrong for the part of Ashley, who, incidentally, played Ashley because Selznick agreed to let him direct "Intermezzo" with Ingrid Bergman. Seeing Jeffrey Lynn here makes me wonder if the role wouldve been better suited to an actor who WASn't more than 20 years senior to both his female castmates!
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