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Scarlett O'Hara's dress restored, on display at UT
KXAN ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jim Vertuno

Posted on 10/25/2012 8:11:20 PM PDT by smokingfrog

AUSTIN (AP) — It turns out there will be another day for Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain dress. Many of them.

The iconic dress and Scarlett's burgundy ball gown from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" have been saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

The dresses worn by actress Vivien Leigh are now on display for the first time in nearly 30 years at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a Hollywood costume exhibit.

Ransom Center officials announced the project in 2010, noting the dresses were in danger of falling apart from age.

The dresses were made of heavy fabric and were not built to last. Weakened stitching and sagging waistlines had to be repaired and conservators also had to remove some previous alternation work and additions, such as feathers placed on the burgundy gown.

"All of those areas would have gotten worse. All the vulnerable parts have been stabilized," said Jill Morena, the Ransom Center's assistant curator for costumes and personal effects. "It has been a success. We would not be able to display them without this effort."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austin; gonewiththewind; hollywood; movies
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1 posted on 10/25/2012 8:11:24 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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2 posted on 10/25/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by Slyfox
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You mean this dress?
3 posted on 10/25/2012 8:18:30 PM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: Slyfox

Great comedians on her old show.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 8:19:49 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: slumber1; Slyfox

That is one of the funniest comedy skits ever!


5 posted on 10/25/2012 8:21:15 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
There's a good old British film with Vivien Leigh and Charles Laughton on youtube in 480p.

"St. Martins Lane" (1938)
A.K.A "Sidewalks Of London"


6 posted on 10/25/2012 8:26:56 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: smokingfrog

Why don’t we pitch in and buy the dress for
Chrissy Matthews. Where do I send my dollar?


7 posted on 10/25/2012 8:29:46 PM PDT by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: smokingfrog

Years ago when the Costume Institute first opened an exhibition in the downstairs of the Met Museum in NYC, they had the most incredible exhibit I’ve ever seen. Never seen anything like it since.

The curtain dress was there with many others from the movie, but also the black and white dress from My Fair Lady (C’mon Dover, move your..!), the costumes from Top Hat, including Ginger Rogers ostrich feather dress (It was light blue!) and Fred’s impossibly tiny tux (he was only about 145 lbs at the time, I heard), the ballet costumes from the original Midsummer’s Night Dream (they were nude leotards with strings of crystals) Marie Antoinette, Marlene Dietrich, It Happened One Night, etc.

I was young then but loved movies. If I saw it now I would have known so many more of the clothes.

Midsummer’s night dream costumes-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4S-eNAWitE


8 posted on 10/25/2012 8:31:26 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: smokingfrog

Olivia de Havilland, who was in “Gone With The Wind,” is actually still alive. Hard to believe.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 8:33:28 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Re-electing Obama is not optimal.)
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To: Slyfox

How did they ever keep a straight face? Beyond hilarious!

I always have though Vivien Leigh was just exquisite - the perfect Scarlett.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: smokingfrog

Not to disparage a classic film but would that money be better spent doing something else than this? If it was a private donation, I’m okay with that but if this money is from government coffers, I’m a bit offended at their waste.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 8:34:09 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: smokingfrog

I thought she was dead.


12 posted on 10/25/2012 8:36:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: slumber1

No, that belongs to Michelle Obama.


13 posted on 10/25/2012 8:43:43 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: OrangeHoof

I believe it’s funded through private donations.

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/contribute/endowments/opportunities/costumes/


14 posted on 10/25/2012 8:54:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: I still care

Great ‘special effects’ -LOL!


15 posted on 10/25/2012 8:59:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Aria

They usually didn’t. They laughed all the time on that show, especially Harvey Korman and Tim Conway. What a great show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_gG3ajNc4s


16 posted on 10/25/2012 9:10:50 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care
They usually didn’t. They laughed all the time on that show, especially Harvey Korman and Tim Conway. What a great show.

I heard that sometimes they held back their best lines at rehearsal so they could spring them during the live performance to try to break each other up.

17 posted on 10/25/2012 9:43:23 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Disambiguator

Her sis, Joan Fontaine, is still living too.

Not too many 1930s-era actors/actresses still left. Besides the aforementioned, I can think of Deanna Durbin, Luise Rainer, Marsha Hunt, Mickey Rooney, Mary Carlisle, Adrian Booth, Marjorie Lord, Shirley Temple, probably a tiny handful more.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 9:55:05 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Disambiguator

Incredibly, Olivia de Havilland’s one-year-younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, also is still alive.


19 posted on 10/25/2012 9:59:59 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Sivad

“Fiddle Dee Dee!’’ Seriously though I think Chrissie really needs a life-time supply of’’ Summers Eve’’.(My apologies to the ladies.)


20 posted on 10/25/2012 10:07:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Slyfox

“I saw it in the window and I just *had* to have it!”

One of the funniest skits ever.


21 posted on 10/25/2012 10:09:24 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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Carol Burnett's version is in the Smithsonian.
22 posted on 10/25/2012 10:25:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: slumber1

Yep that dress and one of the most unforgettable lines on television, “I saw it in the window and just couldn’t resist”.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 4:12:27 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: greene66

Maureen O’Hara, Kirk Douglas.

Think of the memories.


24 posted on 10/26/2012 7:21:24 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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