The Day Rhett Butler Died

Readers of the novel, Gone With The Wind, know that Rhett Butler did not die at the end of that famous book. In fact, he was busy telling Scarlett O’Hara, his irascible wife, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Clark Gable, the actor, will forever be remembered for his portrayal of this southern rogue character . Gable was identified so closely with the character Margaret Mitchell wrote about in her novel that he lived with being called by that name the rest of his life. Therefore, Clark Gable and Rhett Butler both “died” on November 16, 1960. Gable’s choice to play the arrogant southerner was clearly worthy of the highest praise. Starring with Vivien Leigh, the two dominated the film, giving performances and creating characters that will never be forgotten. Although Gable made many films after “Gone With The Wind,” he never received more accolades than he did when he played Rhett Butler.



About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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