Marietta Gone With the Wind Presents 80 Years of Gone With the Wind
‘Thank you, Margaret Mitchell!’ takes place June 17-19, 2016 in Georgia

MARIETTA, GA – MAY, 2016 – The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum presents a celebrity lineup of speakers and authors – including Daniel Selznick, son of David O. Selznick who produced the movie, “Gone With the Wind” – at its gala weekend, June 17-19, 2016. The event marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. “Thank you, Margaret Mitchell” also includes never-before-seen sections of the actual Tara set used in the film, memorabilia collection tips from Gone With the Wind experts and author book signings. Visit for all event details.

Go behind-the-scenes

Spend “An Evening with Daniel Selznick,” who will discuss the 1988 documentary, “The Making of A Legend” – which he and his brother Jeffrey spearheaded – his famous father and grandfather (Louis B. Mayer), and what life was like growing up surrounded by the movie industry. Learn about the world of collecting Gone With the Wind memorabilia from experts, including Chris Sullivan – whose own distinguished collection is on display at the Marietta Museum of Gone With the Wind.

Take “A Look Behind the Curtain” during a panel discussion featuring Dr. Kate Barrett, daughter of Kay Brown, one of America’s most renowned entertainment agents and talent scouts – and the woman who urged her boss, David O. Selznick, to read the book and to take up an option on the rights to “Gone With the Wind.” Other panel guests include Dave Saenz, grandson of the movie’s Oscar-winning art director, Lyle Wheeler, and Daniel Selznick, who will discuss the behind-the-scenes machinations in making the movie an unparalleled success.

Tara and Terry

See never-before-seen sections of Tara while Peter Bonner, author and Civil War/Gone With the Wind historian discusses what happened to the actual Tara set used in the film and the fate and future of Tara. Bonner’s book, “The Official Guide to the Saving Tara Project,” will be available in the museum’s gift shop, and a portion of the proceeds from this book goes to the Saving Tara Project.

Join Terry Lynn Crane, author of “Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes: A Taste of ‘Gone With the Wind,'” for an exciting presentation entitled, “The Gone With the Wind Hall of Stars Museum.”

Meet the authors

A number of authors will be in attendance with books relating to Gone With the Wind or the Civil War. These include Joe Owen (“Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade”); John Wiley (“Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood” and “The Scarlett Letters”); and Victoria Wilcox, award-winning author of the Southern Son series.

Also appearing with their books and signing autographs will be these authors: Peter Bonner, Terry Lynn Crane, Phillip Done (“The Charms of Miss O’Hara: Tales of Gone With the Wind & the Golden Age of Hollywood from Scarlett’s Little Sister”) and Susan Lindsley (“Margaret Mitchell: A Scarlett or a Melanie”). Joining the authors in signing autographs will be Daniel Selznick and Dave Saenz.

Rounding out the weekend fun will be a live auction and the fourth Annual Windie Awards.

A full weekend ticket is $180 and includes all planned activities. Single priced tickets are as follows: Dinner/An Evening With Daniel Selznick – $90/per person; “Thank You, Margaret Mitchell” author discussions – $45/per person; and Behind the Curtain – $45/per person. Tickets may be purchased at 770-794-5145. See more details about all these activities at


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