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Commentary: 'Sun' goes under a cloud

Some years ago, my book group -- along with thousands of others -- read and discussed "Under the Tuscan Sun," a memoir by Frances Mayes, an author totally unkno
JESSIE THORPE, United Press International

Commentary: Hepburn -- a mind of her own

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Improbable as it may seem, Katharine Hepburn was briefly considered for the role of the sexual, coquettish Scarlett O'Hara in the movie version of "Gone With th
ROLAND FLAMINI, UPI Senior Writer

Katharine Hepburn dies at 96

HARTFORD, Conn., June 29 (UPI) -- Katharine Hepburn, a strong, no-nonsense woman who emerged as a movie star in an era when the most admired actresses were glamour goddesses, won great respect i

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2003 with 188 to follow.
By United Press International

Book Review: A rounded 'Crescent'

A thrilling achievement occurs in literary fiction when a writer manages to create a character so fascinating and memorable he "walks off the page" into reality. The hero of Diana Abu-Jaber's new novel, "Crescent," could be one who steps into the consciou
JESSIE THORPE, United Press International

Kate Mulgrew plays Katharine Hepburn

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- Katharine Hepburn's radiant presence in films and on Broadway is sorely missed, but look-alike actress Kate Mulgrew, the Capt. Kathryn Janeway of the "Star Trek
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Video of the Week: Inuit 'The Fast Runner'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- "Atanarjuat -- The Fast Runner," a low-budget epic about prehistoric Eskimos that combines adventure on the ice floes with soap opera in the igloos, isn't quite
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Gore scores a slam dunk

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Al Gore's attack on President George W. Bush's preemptive war doctrine was courageous and risk free at the same time -- a dream combination for any politician.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Joe Bob's America: Going Hormonal

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Excuse me, but I think we've had enough articles about hormone-stoked women afraid of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, brittle bones, various forms of cancer and b
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Film of the Week: 'Fast Runner'

LOS ANGELES, June 26 (UPI) -- "The Fast Runner" -- a low-budget epic about prehistoric Eskimos that combines adventure on the ice floes with soap opera in the igloos -- isn't quite the maste
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, June 12 (UPI) -- Love isn't what it used to be and neither are movies, if this week's CBS "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions" is a measure of the 21st century's standards of love
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Review: Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- There is a pivotal scene in "Gone With the Wind" when Scarlett O'Hara, desperate for money and weary from overwork, yanks her mother's curtains from their fixtu
JESSIE THORPE

Watercooler Stories

KANSAS STUDENT TURNS BOMB MAKER
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Dream on, small business

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- There aren't many bones to pick with Debra Koontz Traverso's guide to crisis management for small business, Dream On: "The Small Business Owner's Guide to a Good Night's Sleep" subtitled "Preventing and Solving Chronic and Costly Problems." (Bloomberg Pre
MARY BETH CORBETT HUTCHINSON, Special to UPI
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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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