Closing soon-Gone with the Wind exhibit/Last program

Catch Exhibit Before It Leaves Raleigh!

REAL TO REEL: THE MAKING OF GONE WITH THE WIND

Raleigh, NC March 25, 2013 – Only a few weeks remain to see the wildly popular exhibit Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind. It will be open through Sunday, April 14, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

On Sunday, April 7, meet James Tumblin, owner of the Gone with the Wind memorabilia featured in the exhibit, during a program from 2 to 4 p.m. The program begins with the 1988 documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind. After the film, Tumblin will give a short talk and lead an exhibit tour. The former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department — and owner of the largest private collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia — has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories to share. Admission for the exhibit and program is free.

Scarlett's dress

Vivien Leigh wore this dress during the attack at Shantytown scene in Gone with the Wind. It is featured in the exhibit Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind. PHOTO CREDIT: N.C. Museum of History

The Making of a Legend focuses on the monumental task of creating Gone with the Wind, winner of 10 Academy Awards. See interviews with film crew members, screen tests and archival footage.

Gone with the Wind remains popular decades after its 1939 premiere. Hollywood’s highly romanticized movie of the “Old South” is based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Bonnie Blue's Dress

Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind includes “Bonnie Blue Butler’s” velvet dress from her final scene. PHOTO CREDIT: N.C. Museum of History

The true story of how Mitchell’s book became a record-breaking film is revealed in Real to Reel, showcasing authentic memorabilia — costumes, screen tests, scene props, Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award and more.

Real to Reel takes museum visitors behind the scenes of one of the most famous films in Hollywood history,” said Katie Edwards, who helped curate the exhibit. “Through costume sketches, scene storyboards, letters and other items, the exhibit highlights the many tasks and challenges, as well as the controversy, involved in this major production.”

Typewriter

The typewriter used by screenwriter Sidney Howard appears in the exhibit Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind. PHOTO CREDIT: Shaw-Tumblin Collection

In addition to showcasing Tumblin’s collection, Real to Reel features several dolls created by artist Pete Ballard that are based on characters in Gone with the Wind.

Come to the N.C. Museum of History to learn more about Gone with the Wind, ranked as one of the top 10 greatest movies of all time by the American Film Institute. The exhibit is sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Foundation and the N.C. Museum of History Associates.

For details about the exhibit and the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook.

* EXHIBIT TO TRAVEL TO MUSEUM OF THE ALBEMARLE *

Due to the overwhelming response of visitors to Real to Reel, the exhibit will travel to the Museum of the Albemarle, in Elizabeth City, where it will run from June 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. The exhibit will showcase the same objects featured in Raleigh, with the exception of the dolls created by Pete Ballard. Admission will be charged; some exceptions apply. For ticket information, call 252-335-1453. The Museum of the Albemarle within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

For more information about the Museum of the Albemarle, call 252-335-1453 or go to museumofthealbemarle.com.

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About the N.C. Museum of History

The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

 

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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