Did you know that some of the scenes in Gone with the Wind were filmed in the San Fernando Valley?
“Gerald O’Hara’s last ride” was filmed in 3 locations including West Hills, Simi Valley & Lasky Mesa in Calabasas, California (between Agoura and Woodland Hills).
The infamous “I’ll never be hungry again” scene was shot one early morning at Lasky Mesa.
Museum President Lee Davis mentioned that Dame Olivia de Havilland was born on July 1, 1916, in the July eNewsletter (2017). One of eNewsletter readers reminded The Museum that Olivia de Havilland is one of the few still living cast members of the iconic Gone with the Wind film.
Another living cast member is Patrick Curtis. He once wrote The Museum and stated, "I played 'Baby Beau Wilkes' the son of Melanie & Ashley Wilkes (Olivia De Havilland, & Leslie Howard)." Curtis was born and lived in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo School in North Hollywood from 1945-1953. In 1957, he graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Ric Holt also portrayed the Beau Wilkes as a toddler. Holt retold the story of how he got the role to The Seattle Times, he was in his mother's arms on the set of one of his brother's movie when Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell walked by and noticed him.
" 'That's him!' My mom said, 'That's who? And she said, 'Baby Beau." And that's how I got it." - Ric Holt (Interview with The Seattle Times).
Later Holt went on to attended Carpenter Avenue Elementary in Studio City and North Hollywood Junior High School. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1956. Sadly, Holt passed away in 2015.
Another cast member that spent many years living in the San Fernando Valley was Clark Gable. In 1939, Clark Gable who played "Rhett Butler" in Gone With The Wind purchased a 20-acre ranch in Encino and lived on the property until his death in 1960.
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