Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'

1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind', by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1939 - NPG x35326 - © Clarence Sinclair Bull / Kobal Collection

© Clarence Sinclair Bull / Kobal Collection

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'

by Clarence Sinclair Bull
modern bromide print, 1939
13 7/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (354 mm x 282 mm) image size
Given by, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x35326


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  • Clark Gable (1901-1960), Actor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), Actress. Sitter associated with 132 portraits.

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Many of the most iconic publicity portraits for Gone With the Wind were taken by the head of the MGM stills department, Clarence Sinclair Bull. Bull recalled: 'We had been waiting for over an hour for Vivien Leigh … Clark was pacing back and forth… “I couldn't make love to that dame now if she were the most beautiful woman in the world!” And then, a rustle of silk, the sweet smell of lilacs and there was the most beautiful woman in the world, standing behind him, touching his shoulder, whispering like a summer breeze… Gable turned and looked. Leigh looked back … Slowly Rhett Butler took Scarlett O'Hara by the arm … talking and smiling as though they'd known each other all their lives.'

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