Daytime drama star joins Gone With The Wind Museum’s 75th anniversary celebration
by Ellen Eldridge
June 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 3351 views | 9 9 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Watch out for the “Windies” blowing through the Square this weekend as Marietta’s Gone with the Wind Museum prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the “Gone with the Wind” movie.

Friday’s opening events include one of two stage productions marking the anniversary. “The Wind has Left,” will be performed at the Kristi Lynn Theatre/Murray Arts Center at 11 a.m. today, and is a collaboration by museum directors Connie Suther-land and Patrick Curtis, with narrator Chris Sullivan.

“It’s a silly way to start off with a laugh,” Sutherland said. “The serious one is ‘Vivien’ on Saturday,” he said, referring to the second production, a one-woman play by Rick Forster.

Friday evening brings a costume bazaar and dinner in the Murray Arts Center Grand Lobby, Sutherland said, with the Third Annual Robert Warren Awards Presentation, which are named after Warren for his love of the movie.

“Robert was only 50 years old; we lost him a couple years ago unexpectedly, so we named the awards for him because I don’t think anyone loved the movie as much as he did,” Sutherland said.

The event that has been the most popular in past years, Sutherland said, has been the bazaar ball. “We’ve had a great response to it, and a lot of people will be in costume.” Miss Georgia is coming to the bazaar, as well as other special guests, including a dance instructor, Sutherland said.

Saturday’s highlight includes actress Judith Chapman, star of “The Young and The Restless,” performing the star role in “Vivien,” Sutherland said. Chapman will portray Vivien Leigh, best known for her Oscar-winning role in “Gone with the Wind” as the fiery heroine Scarlett O’Hara, Sutherland said, describing the play as “intense.” 

“In her later years, the beautiful but troubled actress lived a tortured life due to mental illness,” Sutherland said. 

“Her 20-year marriage to actor Laurence Olivier ended as a result of her battle with schizophrenia and bipolar disease.” Leigh also suffered from tuberculosis and later died from the lung disease in 1967 at the age of 53, Sutherland said. 

The 90-minute play will be presented at 2 p.m. in the former Theatre in the Square building, now home to The Marietta Players, she said, adding seating for the play is limited and there is some adult language.

Tickets may be purchased for the entire weekend or for select activities.

For the full event schedule and ticket prices, visit the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum website at gwtwmarietta.com or call (770) 794-5576 or (770) 794-5145.

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James T.
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June 11, 2014
@anonymous, clearly the past still consumes your life, perhaps you should seek counseling to help you resolve the issues that haunt you… or you can continue to be the coward hiding behind anonymity.
anonymous
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June 12, 2014
@James T aka Connie Sutherland: So sorry if the truth continues to hurt. The fact is, you were quoted in the New York Times making stupid comments.
'Windie"
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June 08, 2014
Uninteresting guests. A "daytime drama star", really?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz.

Too many "buck$", for too little bang.
anonymous
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June 09, 2014
Connie Sutherland of Scarlett On The Square has been quoted, in the New York Times ("Frankly, My Dear, the "Windies" Do Live for This" - April 12, 2011): "("Windies") are mostly middle-aged straight women and gay men, and usually white."

I'm almost sure that Chris Sullivan, the owner of the collection housed in the museum, was delighted to read this!

Ms. Sutherland, you're one classy (middle-aged) woman...NOT!

James T.
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June 09, 2014
Uninteresting comment too... save up your milk money, maybe one day you’ll be able to afford some wit
James T.
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June 09, 2014
anonymous - a word that cowards hide behind.

What would a CLASSLESS person know about classy?
anonymous
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June 09, 2014
@JamesT aka Connie Sutherland: Sorry if the truth hurts but I found your comments, as published in the New York Times, to be highly offensive...especially when made by a so-called Marietta City Employee!
James T.
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June 10, 2014
@ anonymous / aka coward, your speculations are as amusing as your ignorance, not that I would expect much from someone that thinks the New York Times is a credible newspaper. You probably think articles published in the National Enquirer, Globe, and The National Examiner are factual too, maybe you should stop reading controversial and offensive publications, it would be less upsetting to you and might raise your I.Q. level.
anonymous
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June 10, 2014
@James T aka Connie Sutherland: Obviously, the facts regarding the New York Times quotes (I also verified with article author) have come back to haunt you...therefore your immature and vitriolic attack which are, at best, meaningless.

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