‘Gone With the Wind’ Casting Rumors Letter From 1937 Up For Auction

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

mitchellletterIn 1937, author Margaret Mitchell typed a letter to stir up gossip about who would be staring in the film adaptation of her novel Gone with the Wind.

This letter will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders on March 27th online. The opening price is $5,000.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

Dear Mr. Beamish: Thank you for sending me your column from the Post-Standard. As you guessed it would, it certainly gave me a laugh. I know that you wrote this article about casting Gone With The Wind as an amusing article. But I do not believe you know how true it is. I have heard hotter arguments about who shall play Scarlett than I ever heard about the Supreme Court and some of the most remarkable people are advanced as candidates. During these arguments, I sit timid and silent because I seem to be the only person in the United States without a violent opinion on this matter. I have nothing to do with the production of the film in any way and I do not intend to go to Hollywood, and I am content to let the movie people make their own decisions…[signed] Margaret Mitchell Marsh