Author Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900. To mark the occasion of what would have been her 115th birthday, there are trivia and tributes all over the internet today. Flavorwire brings you one focused on the movie based on Mitchell’s novel Gone With The Wind. It premiered in Atlanta on December 15th in 1939.
But the premiere was not without its controversy. Racial tensions in the city abounded, and black actors were banned from appearing at the gala, as well as all promotional material, due to segregation laws. This upset producer David O. Selznick who tried to include star Hattie McDaniel in the celebrations, but MGM advised against it. Clark Gable came to the defense of McDaniel and threatened to boycott the premiere, but the actress convinced him it would be better to attend.
You’ll also learn about the big stars who were rejected for roles, the egregious pay differential, and the real reason Clark Gable wouldn’t work with director George Cuckor, in a Gone With The Wind retrospective at Flavorwire.