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Jennifer Jones

Actress Jennifer Jones died the other day- she was David O. Selznick’s last wife. After testing her, he thought she was “the best sure-fire female star to come along since Leigh and Bergman.”

Jennifer Jones, the actress who won an Academy Award for her luminous performance in the 1943 film “The Song of Bernadette” and who was married to two legendary men — producer David O. Selznick and industrialist and art collector Norton Simon — has died. She was 90.

Jones died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Malibu, according to Leslie C. Denk, a spokeswoman for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

Jones had an influential role at the art museum, becoming chairwoman of the Norton Simon Foundation Board after her husband’s death in 1993 and overseeing a $3-million renovation of the museum’s interior and gardens that was completed in 1999.

But she was best known for her movie career. In all, she starred in more than two dozen films, playing opposite such A-list actors as William Holden, Joseph Cotten and Gregory Peck. READ MORE OF THE LA TIMES OBITUARY.

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The release date for the special 70th anniversary Gone with the Wind DVD has been announced. Place your preorders now! Click here to order the Collector’s Edition or click here to order the Blu-Ray DVD. Both available in the Vivien-Leigh.com E-Store.

By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 10 Aug 2009

Blu-ray Disc fans will have a reason to give a damn Nov. 17, when Warner Home Video pulls one of the all-time greats out of the vault for high-def.

For its 70th anniversary, Gone With the Wind will be available as a limited and numbered Ultimate Collector’s Edition, with both Blu-ray ($84.99) and DVD ($69.92) offerings. The two-disc Blu-ray and five-disc DVD collections, housed in velvet boxes, come with three new documentaries:

1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year, a Turner Classic Movies documentary that aired in July, looks at the other great films from that year, including The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Gone With the Wind: The Legend Lives On takes a look back at the legacy of the film with interviews, archival footage, and visits to historical sites and museums.

Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars, a 1980 TV special that’s never made it to home video.

The collector’s editions include a 40-page hardcover book, a reproduction of the 1939 original film program, a CD soundtrack sampler, and eight 5×7-inch art prints. The film is split across the first two discs on the DVDs to accommodate the 220 minute-plus movie running time, with optional commentaries by historian Rudy Behlmer. There is not split of the movie on Blu-ray.

An exclusive planned for the Blu-ray release is a separate DVD of MGM: When the Lion Roars documentary.

“As we’ve done with our spectacular new Wizard of Oz, this new GWTW Blu-ray continues to maximize what the format can do,” said Jeff Baker, EVP and GM for Warner Home Video theatrical catalog. The Blu-ray edition comes with restored and remastered picture.

“It’s six times higher resolution than standard DVD and the most pristine audio available today,” Baker said. “Viewing GWTW on Blu-ray is seeing it again for the first time.”

Bonuses for the collector’s editions include the 1989 The Making of a Legend TV documentary (which the studio also is breaking out as a separate title on its own at $14.97); newsreels about the film’s premiere and the 1961 Atlanta Civil War Centennial; a 1940 MGM short called “The Old South”; foreign-language sample scenes; an “About the Cast” featurette with Olivia Mary de Havilland, the last surviving member from the principal cast; a documentary covering all the main and supporting stars; and trailers.

A bare-bones two-DVD set for $24.98 also will be available. All versions will include an offer for a limited edition copy of the original movie poster.

On Nov. 13-14, Warner and Turner Classic Movies will support an anniversary celebration of the film in Marietta, Ga., home to the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, opened there in 2003. The weekend will include a screening of the film, a red carpet event, vintage 1930s cars and a costume ball.

Warner will market the releases heavily with national TV spots on Hallmark, TBS, TNT, AMC, Food Network and high-def channels. Print holiday guides will heavily feature the releases (prebook Oct. 13) and online campaigns will hit IMDb, EW, People and iVillage.

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Thanks to Adam for sending me the link to this story. I was able to find the ‘photo’ mentioned in this story by searching google. What a classic! If you attend the Marietta GWTW event this November, you will have the opportunity to see and/or meet Mr. Mickey Kuhn.

By Jack Butterworth / For The Item

MARBLEHEAD – The last surviving screen-credited male actor in the legendary 1939 movie “Gone with the Wind” is living in Marblehead — and frankly we should give a damn.

There are only five cast members from GWTW left alive: Olivia DeHavilland (Melanie Hamilton Wilkes), Alicia Rhett (India Wilkes), Ann Rutherford (Careen O’Hara), Cammie King (Bonnie Blue Butler) and Mickey Kuhn, now a retired airline executive who lives with his wife Barbara in Marblehead.

A Hollywood child actor during the 1930s and ’40s, Mike “Mickey” Kuhn played Beau Wilkes, Ashley and Melanie’s son, when he was 7 years old. He has a lot of memories from his 19-year career, interrupted by Navy service in the Korean War.

Kuhn can recall drawing a gun on John Wayne in the opening scenes of “Red River” and taking a real slap from him, and spending a friendly half-hour with GWTW star Vivien Leigh on the set of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, where he had a small part as a sailor — he is the only actor to have worked with Dame Leigh in both of her Academy Award-winning movies.

Some movies never leave us — Kuhn was delighted to see his moment with John Wayne turn up in the opening scene of Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist” — but with a legion of dedicated fans called “Windies,” “Gone with the Wind” still has a life of its own.

Kuhn’s association with the movie was lucky from the beginning. A child actor for five years, he arrived at the producer’s offices with a crowd of hopefuls and was greeted with the words, “Mickey Kuhn! Thank God you’re here!” A secretary ushered him into David O. Selznick’s office. Selznick conducted the interview and got a nod from the director, Victor Fleming. Immediately a secretary told the other applicants, “You can go home, the part’s been cast.”

Kuhn had two important scenes. One involved Bonnie and Rhett Butler. His line was short — “Hello, Uncle Rhett,” but when he looked up at Clark Gable he said, “Hello, Uncle Clark.”

That spoiled the first take but Kuhn, who prided himself on doing what the director needed the first time, flubbed the line two more times. Fleming had already taken him aside to talk about the scene. Worse yet, Kuhn’s mother was on the set and he was sure she was going to kill him when he got home.

At that point Gable took him aside. “You’re right,” Gable said. “My name is Clark. But today, in the movie, my name is Rhett.”

The fourth take was perfect.

Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) got worried because, in Kuhn’s scene with Howard, Beau’s mother Melanie was on her deathbed and he had to cry. “Leslie, don’t worry about it,” Fleming said.

Before the scene “He took me in his arms and painted a picture of sadness,” Kuhn recalled. “He asked, ‘What if your mother died, just after you lost your puppy?”

Kuhn cried on cue on the first take.

Then Fleming took Kuhn aside again and expressed his regrets for upsetting the boy. “’Would it make you feel better if you hit me?” Fleming asked. Kuhn said it would and threw a punch. A photographer snapped a picture just before he swung. Kuhn signs copies of that photo for fans today, including Fleming’s daughter, who cried when he gave it to her.

“Gone with the Wind” is 70 years old now. It has survived despite reservations about the way it portrays African Americans, who spend the first half of the movie as slaves and the second half as servants.

The film tries to offer balance. Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel’s Mammy is the real mother in the O’Hara household and the one person whose respect Rhett Butler hopes to earn.

“This movie is about the Civil War and Reconstruction,” Kuhn said. “It may not be right by today’s standards but there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s a movie, and a great one.”

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photo by Olmar at flickr.comm

photo by Olmer at flickr.com

By: Dave McNary for Variety.com

Hollywood execs with a keen sense of history, take note: The mansion seen at the beginning of “Gone With the Wind” and other Selznick Studios films is back on the rental market.

With about 140 Sony employees vacating the Culver Studios lot in the coming weeks, about 60,000 square feet — including the 15,000-square-foot mansion — will be available come November.

The mansion achieved its iconic status in the “Gone With the Wind” credits as the backdrop for the logo of the David O. Selznick Studios. The storied lot, built in 1918, has been home to Cecil B. DeMille, RKO, Howard Hughes, Desilu and Grant Tinker. Sony has occupied the space since 1991.

Culver Studios prexy-CEO James Cella isn’t disclosing an asking price on a new lease but believes the combo of history and classic design should be enough to draw substantial interest … should be.

“With the real estate market so unsettled, who knows?” he says.

The space represents about 25% of Culver Studios’ footprint. The lot is home to 13 soundstages, production offices, bungalows and support services.

Sony bought the lot in 1991 and sold it in 2004 to private investors PCCP Studio City while continuing to lease space at Culver. The departing Sony employees (mostly in TV) will be moving to the Sony lot, where work’s being completed on two new buildings — constructed according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Karl Malden

Karl Malden died yesterday at age 97. He remained vital up until the end. What a great actor he was. He said his “bulbous nose” qualified him to be granted a handicapped parking sticker! He was the last surviving major actor from “Streetcar”.

Read his obituary at USA TODAY by clicking HERE.

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If you are a Katharine Hepburn fan or a classic film fan, then I need your help! Katharine Hepburn’s personal performance wardrobe was bequeathed to the Kent State University Museum, and beginning in the fall of 2010, they will exhibit this amazing collection. The Museum is hoping to get a commemorative US Postal Stamp released in honor of Ms. Hepburn but they need your help to convince the selection committee. I hope fans will send in their letters of support. I’ve developed a short sample letter–please feel free to use it or use it as a base for your own letter. Can I count you in?

PS: Bit of trivia… Katharine Hepburn attended Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier’s impromptu wedding in California.


Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee

c/o Stamp Development

U.S. Postal Service

1735 North Lynn St., Suite 5013

Arlington, VA  22209-6432

Dear CSAC Committee Members:

I am writing in support of the issuance of a United States commemorative postage stamp to honor Katharine Hepburn, renowned film and stage actress. During her 6 decade Hollywood career, Ms. Hepburn became the greatest American female star with unequaled 4 Best Actress Oscars, 8 Golden Globes, and 1 Emmy Award. She was a forward-thinking, independent woman who has solidified herself as an American icon in film, theater, and fashion. As you may be aware,  Kent State University and the Kent State University Museum were given Ms. Hepburn’s personal collection of her performance wardrobe, and more than 30 of Hepburn’s productions are represented in the collection. The Museum intends to exhibit this amazing collection beginning in the fall of 2010. I ask the Committee to give careful consideration to a postage stamp commemorating Ms. Katharine Hepburn and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Kent State Museum. Ms. Hepburn made a significant contribution nationally and globally, and she deserves this recognition.

Kindest Regards,

(your name)

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