Leigh read the Margaret Mitchell novel Gone with the Wind and instructed her American agent to suggest her to David O. Selznick, who was planning a film version. She remarked to a journalist, "I've cast myself as Scarlett O'Hara";
GWTW, 1939: Scarlett O'Hara's blue wrapper, worn while sitting on the patio when she witnessed Bonnie's fatal fall. The dress required 30 yards of French silk velvet trimmed with fur and took many months to complete. Designers: Carrie Harrell and Jan Hevenor. David O. Selznick Archive.