8 of 22 portraits on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
Angus McBean Photograph. © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.
by Angus McBean
matte bromide print, 1938
15 7/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (403 mm x 328 mm)
Given by the photographer, Angus McBean, 1985
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- Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Artist of 265 portraits, Sitter associated with 80 portraits.
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Leigh had been determined to play Scarlett O'Hara from 1937 when Margaret Mitchell's American Civil War-era novel Gone With the Wind was first published in Britain. As part of her bid to gain the role, she commissioned leading theatre photographer McBean to take a series of photographs that depicted her as a vision of Scarlett, with the intention of sending them to the producer David O. Selznick in Hollywood. After delivering the photos to Leigh, McBean was given a copy of Gone With the Wind with the inscription: 'To darling Angus, with love from Scarlett O'Hara.'
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