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UPI almanac for Monday, Dec. 25, 2006.
By United Press International

Actress Carrie Nye dead at 69

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- Stage, film and TV actress Carrie Nye, the wife of TV talk host Dick Cavett, has died in New York at age 69.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, June 26, the 177th day of 2006 with 188 to follow.
By United Press International

Jack White and wife have a daughter

DETROIT, May 3 (UPI) -- Rocker Jack White of Detroit's White Stripes and his wife, Karen Elson, have welcomed their first child, a daughter, it was reported Wednesday. Scarlett Teresa was born Tuesday in Tennessee, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Bus 'buffoon' gets jail for bomb hoax ... N.C. alcohol agency bans gossip ... Women turn from romance to crime ... Agents block stolen overseas shipments ... The world as we know it from UPI.
By United Press International

Women turn from romance to crime

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- A survey finds British women have turned from romantic novels to thrillers and crime fiction.

Watercooler Stories

Israel PR: Forget the terror -- eat ... Ban on laptops worries law students ... Poker cruise pays off for college senior ... Bush invites question from Helen Thomas ... Watercooler stories from UPI.
By United Press International

Bush invites question from Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- President Bush called on Helen Thomas, the grande dame of the White House press corps, for the first time in three years Tuesday at a news conference.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2005, with six to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, June 26, the 177th day of 2005 with 188 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2004, with six to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2004, with six to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, June 26, the 178th day of 2004 with 188 to follow.
By United Press International

U.K.: 'Gone With the Wind' best epic

LONDON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- "Gone With The Wind" has been voted the greatest epic of all time in a survey by Blockbuster's United Kingdom division, SkyNews reported.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2003, with six to follow.
By United Press International
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Scarlett O'Hara (full name Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler) is the protagonist in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind and in the later film of the same name. She also is the main character in the 1970 musical Scarlett and the 1991 book Scarlett, a sequel to Gone with the Wind that was written by Alexandra Ripley and adapted for a television mini-series in 1994. During early drafts of the original novel, Mitchell referred to her heroine as "Pansy", and did not decide on the name "Scarlett" until just before the novel went to print.

While the studio and the public agreed that the part of Rhett Butler should go to Clark Gable (except for Clark Gable himself), casting for the role of Scarlett was a little harder. The search for an actress to play Scarlett in the film version of the novel famously drew the biggest names in the history of cinema, such as Bette Davis (whose casting as a Southern belle in Jezebel in 1938 took her out of contention), and Katharine Hepburn, who went so far as demanding an appointment with producer David O. Selznick and saying, "I am Scarlett O'Hara! The role is practically written for me." David replied rather bluntly, "I can't imagine Rhett Butler chasing you for twelve years." Jean Arthur and Lucille Ball were also considered, as well as relatively unknown actress Doris Davenport. Susan Hayward was "discovered" when she tested for the part, and the career of Lana Turner developed quickly after her screen test. Tallulah Bankhead and Joan Bennett were widely considered to be the most likely choices until they were supplanted by Paulette Goddard.

The young English actress Vivien Leigh, virtually unknown in America, saw that several English actors, including Ronald Colman and Leslie Howard, were in consideration for the male leads in Gone with the Wind. Her agent happened to be the London representative of the Myron Selznick talent agency, headed by David Selznick's brother, Myron. Leigh asked Myron to put her name into consideration as Scarlett on the eve of the American release of her picture Fire Over England in February 1938. David Selznick watched both Fire Over England and her most recent picture, A Yank at Oxford, that month, and thought she was excellent but in no way a possible Scarlett, as she was "too British." But Myron Selznick arranged for David to first meet Leigh on the night in December 1938 when the burning of the Atlanta Depot was being filmed on the Forty Acres backlot that Selznick International and RKO shared. Leigh and Laurence Olivier were visiting as guests of Myron Selznick, who was also Olivier's agent, and Leigh was in Hollywood hoping for a part in Olivier's current movie, Wuthering Heights. In a letter to his wife two days later, David Selznick admitted that Leigh was "the Scarlett dark horse," and after a series of screen tests, her casting was announced on January 13, 1939. Just before the shooting of the film, Selznick informed Ed Sullivan: "Scarlett O'Hara's parents were French and Irish. Identically, Miss Leigh's parents are French and Irish."

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