As usual, we look at change past and present. Here’s a current change you may have missed:
Ann Rutherford: ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress dies at 94
“Who?” you say?
Ann Rutherford, one of the last surviving cast members of “Gone with the Wind,” died (June 11) at her Beverly Hills home, reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Now which one was she?” you still ask.
Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister, Carreen, in the 1939 film. MGM head Louis B. Mayer called it “a nothing part” and intended to say no to the role, according to the La Times. But then Rutherford asked him to reconsider, bursting into tears, and Mayer relented. “I just wanted to watch the book come to life,” she had said later.
Don’t you imagine all of her life she was identified as “being in ‘Gone with the Wind?”
- “This is my granny, she was in the movies.”
- One grocery stock-boy elbows another and whispers, “She used to be a big deal. Knows Clark Kent. Whoever he is.”
- “I’m Ms. Rutherford’s hair stylist. She was Scarlett’s little sister.”
As a writer, I get to read/critique others’ memoirs and, without fail, I find that everyone thinks their own life is wildly exciting. Others read it and think…Not so much.
I think this is a good thing…to be entertained by your own life. So it began a discussion among friends. What piece of your life could be made into a movie?
Mine would be a canoe trip down a wild river, floating past gun-toting canoes. (Sorry, no details…wait for the movie.) That would be the movie, but the scenes I’d like to watch over and over again are family shorts: my child’s birth, my last day with my mom, the marital tornado of setting up a tent in a rainstorm-(a comedy of epic proportions).
Funny how it’s those Not So Much moments that create most of our memories.
Change? Well this discussion has inspired me to keep my cell phone charged in case I actually have any exciting moments. Then I can record them and prove it. Or as Ann Rutherford would probably tell me: “Fame is fleeting. Live for today because Scarlett gets everything!”
Got any events in your life that would make a movie?