Anyway, today's doll is Mattel's Timeless Treasures Scarlet O'Hara doll from 2001.
The Scarlet doll is wearing a recreation of the 'Barbecue dress' from the early part of the movie
Unlike the earlier Scarlet dolls by Mattel, this one doesn't have a Barbie head. Mattel made a head mold in the image of actress Vivian Leigh, who played Scarlet in the classic 1939 movie.
1939 is known as THE year for movies.So many classic movies were released that year, including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights,Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dark Victory, Stagecoach, and Gunga Din. Gone With the Wind, in spite of this stiff competition , won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year.
The film was based on the best selling book by Margaret Mitchell.Incidentally, Gone With the Wind was the only novel Mitchell ever wrote.
|Vivian Leigh with her Oscar for Gone With the Wind.|
|A proud Hattie McDaniel with her plaque Oscar, which was the type of Oscar given to Best Supporting actors in her day.|
It would be 10 more years before the next African American nominee, Best Supporting Actress winner Ethel Waters, for Pinky.
Upon her death Hattie's possessions were sold to pay off the Internal Revenue. Her Oscar was listed as "no value" and was donated, as her will instructed, to Howard University.Sadly, the plaque disappeared in the 1960's and Howard University has no idea what ever happened to Hattie's Oscar.
Many people criticized Hattie McDaniel for her frequent portrayal of maids. Her answer to the criticism was, "I'd rather play a maid than be one." The choice of roles for her were undoubtedly pretty limited, so playing a maid was one of few options open to her.In any case,Hattie's maids were always strong characters who always said what they thought and never took any flack from anybody, including her employers.
I always considered Gone With the Wind to be a bit over rated. It's a good movie, with good performances, but so are a lot of others. The character of Scarlet is an absolutely awful human being. I'm also uncomfortable with the way the movie leans toward the confederate side. But, seen as the story of how change and war affect the characters and their lives, plus the performances and the beautiful sets and costumes seen in the early Technicolour,the movie is still entertaining.
Vivian Leigh is one of the actresses I always said I would trade looks with any day. She was beautiful.
|Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind.|
The other is Hedy Lamarr. I think she was even more beautiful, and I always wanted to look like her.
Prior to the movie being made she had read Gone With the Wind, and had asked her agent to suggest her for the role of Scarlet. At first there was some worry that she was 'too British', but agent Myron Selznick eventually changed his mind.There had been such problems deciding on a "Scarlet" that time was running out.Filming had had to be started, using a double who covered her face, in the Scarlet scenes of the burning of Atlanta.In spite of the legend that tells of producer David O. Selznick being surprised by his brother Myron suddenly producing Leigh on the GWTW set during the 'burning of Atlanta' scenes,David had actually been considering Leigh, and the meeting with her on the set that night had been arranged.
Margaret Mitchell's first choice for Scarlet had been Miriam Hopkins, born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, whom she said could portray Scarlet as she had been written in the novel.
|Bette Davis (left) and Miriam Hopkins in "Old Maid". In real life the two were bitter rivals who hated each other.|
The possible actresses were narrowed down again and again. Paulette Goddard did several screen tests and very nearly had the role.
|Paulette Goddard in one of her Technicolor screen tests for the role of Scarlet.|
Tomorrow we'll see another Oscar winner.