Daily Archives for: May 24th, 2017

The Search for Scarlett O’Hara

“Scarlett O’Hara had an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green, and above them her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin …”

This search for an actress to portray Scarlett O’Hara in what was to become the 1939 film  of Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel, Gone With the Wind, was born of necessity.

Before he could make his deal with MGM for the loan of Clark Gable, David O. Selznick was required to fulfill his contract with United Artists for a number of films. Thus he was unable to begin production on Gone With the Wind until two and a half years after he had purchased the rights to the book. Read More→

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Quotes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Romantic Poet

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) showed much early aptitude for her future calling —  she began reading novels at age six, and wrote her first significant poem at about age seven. By age eleven, she wrote a four-volume poem, The Battle of Marathon (1820), privately published by her father.

At age fifteen, she contracted the mysterious illness that would be her lifelong battle. It left her frail and in constant pain. It has been suggested by her biographers that the strong opiate medication given to her might have augmented her already fiercely vivid imagination that was evident in her evocative poetry.

Here are quotes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whose lines, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” are familiar to poetry lovers everywhere. Read More→

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