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Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Mother's Memories of "GONE WITH THE WIND"

My Mother, Dora has written her memories of seeing GONE WITH THE WIND in 1939, she was 18 years old at the time.

When "GONE WITH THE WIND" made it's first appearance on the screen at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas I had just graduated from High School.

Here we are seventy years later and I am two months shy of eighty eight years old.

I was 18 years old at the time, experiencing emotional feelings running wild. I felt I was the "Scarlett" on the screen and the "Melanie" who stepped back holding in her emotions, because I was a lady.

Knowing the movie was four hours long I took a bag of grapes to eat during intermission.

I lived and relived those scenes over and over again. When the movie was over and time to leave the theatre my eyes were swollen and I had to stay until I recovered and could go out on the street again.

I saw the movie about four times before I saw it all, because I cried so much.

Today I can see it and I am not affected - I wonder why? I guess seventy years of living counts for something.

Words of Dora Sotomayor Kirk born October 21,1921


  1. I loved reading this article and hearing about your mother's insights of Gone With the Wind. My mother was born in 1926 (died 1992). We both loved the movie Gone With The Wind. But, as I get older, it is so much fun to hear insights from someone who experienced when this great movie was first released.

    Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman.



  2. What a treat to hear from someone who got to feel all the excitement and glamor of the movie when it first came out. How lucky you are to have your Mother to share this with you. What fun!!!

  3. What a wonderful, wonderful post! Your mother is so beautiful, you really look alike!
    I'm so glad you included a photo from back then too, LOVE it!
    That sign above the window treatment is awesome.
    I still get emotional when watching certain parts, but esp. when watching the making of gwtw when they talk about seeing the film for the first time. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. What a lovely sentimental post...I really enjoyed it.
    Sandi - Fantasy & Fancy

  5. Thank you for sharing your mom's story with us! I was affected the same way when I saw Titanic the first time, but as much as I love that movie, I love GWTW even more. Oh how I wish I could have been at the first screening....


  6. Hi Colleen! Loved this post, and actually hearing from your Mom in this way! Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend and all the Blogland Ball festivities! ~tina

  7. What a lovely memory! And so fun that you shared it with us. I can't imagine what fun it would have been to see it back in the day. Wonderful!


  8. Colleen, what a beautiful post! I love the photographs of your mother. What a beautiful smile!

    Your three little gals are so sweet! My sister used to have a mini Schnauzer. His name was Willie and my sister is also an avid quilter.

    She won a blue ribbon at the state fair many moons ago. I'm still waiting for the quilt she is giving us as a wedding gift . . . . let's see it'll be 8 years next May, LOL!

    Have a wonderful day!


  9. What a wonderful post, I so enjoyed reading your mother's thoughts about the movie when it first came out! I bet she was so shocked when Rhett said "damn!!" LOL! She is a very pretty lady now, as well as then! Tell her thanks for sharing with us!


  10. I love the interview with your mom. I love being able to share memories with your mother like this. Especially this book and this movie, because it is so much a comming of age, survival type of story about women in the south. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I loved reading this first hand account of your mother's expierence watching GWTW.Such a great post.Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.


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