About the Production

Released in 1939, Gone with the Wind won 10 Academy Awards including Best Art Direction. Lyle R. Wheeler was the art director on the film. The image above is attributed to illustrator Dorothea Holt Redmond (See Bios), who worked on over 30 films. Although the film proved to be a wide commercial success, the production struggled initially.  David O. Selznick, the producer of Gone with the Wind bought the rights to Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling, thousand-page novel for $50,000. The original director was fired, and the second had to take a break from exhaustion.  The script was written and rewritten multiple times to keep it from being a five and a half hour film. The actors didn’t get a final script until the film was practically over.