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March 29, 2013

Popular Rhett and Scarlett exhibit will soon be gone

Final weeks for popular ‘GWTW’ exhibit at Raleigh history museum

You still have a little time to see the popular “Real to Reel: The Making of ‘Gone with the Wind’ ” exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh. It will remain on display through April 14.

On April 7, James Tumblin, owner of the “Gone with the Wind” memorabilia featured in the exhibit, offers a 2-4 p.m. program. It begins with the screening of the 1988 documentary “The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind.” After, Tumblin will give a short talk and lead an exhibit tour. Tumblin, the former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department — and owner of the what is billed as 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.

“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. The 1939 film, starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, is ranked as one of the top 10 greatest movies of all time by the American Film Institute.

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

The N.C. Museum of History, is in downtown Raleigh at 5 E. Edenton St. Admission: free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. (Closed March 31). Details: 919-807-7900; www..ncmuseumofhistory.org. Staff Reports

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