“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…”
Opening line of Gone with the Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell, who was born 115 years ago today (1900).
Miss O’Hara is 16 when the book begins; her waist was 17. (Vivien Leigh was 25 when the movie was filmed during 1939.) I was told, by someone who had once had dinner with Margaret Mitchell, that as first drafted Scarlett’s name was Pansy.