September 18, 1994 |
A fire gutted the historic apartment house where Margaret Mitchell wrote most of "Gone With The Wind." Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 90 minutes early Saturday. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. Mitchell lived in a first-floor apartment with her husband from 1926 to 1932. She referred to the house as "the dump."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1996
Margaret Mitchell, a 61-year Ventura resident, died Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 82. She was born April 10, 1914, in Raton, N. M. Mitchell lived in several western states and Canada before moving to Los Angeles, where she graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1931. She attended UCLA and Woodbury College, and married Thomas Mitchell on May 15, 1936, in Fullerton.
May 13, 1996 |
The apartment house where Margaret Mitchell began writing "Gone With the Wind" was extensively damaged by fire for the second time in two years, and investigators blamed arson. The three-story brick building in Atlanta was to be opened to the public June 30 after a $4.5-million restoration financed by Daimler-Benz, the German car maker. The midtown building was unoccupied, and no one was injured. Margaret Mitchell House Inc.
April 25, 1994
Hugh Dorsey Gravitt, 74, whose car struck and killed author Margaret Mitchell. In August, 1949, the off-duty cabdriver struck Miss Mitchell as she walked with her husband, John Marsh, across Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Five days later, the 48-year-old author of "Gone With the Wind" died. Gravitt was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served about 10 months in prison. In a 1991 interview, he said that Miss Mitchell darted in front of his car and that he tried to miss her.
August 9, 2001 |
We will be judged someday by the way we treat our Margaret Mitchells. History will ponder our violence, our confusion and our inability to deal with those who need us most, and weigh them against the ultimate nature of our compassion. Looking back at who we are, future scholars will wonder how a culture so equipped and capable could reach into space but not into the hidden emotions of the human heart; how we could disarm a nation but not one person.
October 13, 1991 |
What we have here is not so much a novel as an artifact, less a work of the creative imagination than a contrivance of the vast American entertainment combine. Several years ago, as the world knows, the decision was made by Margaret Mitchell's two surviving nephews to allow a sequel to their aunt's book. Their purpose, the story goes, was to preserve the integrity of "Gone With the Wind" before the copyright lapsed and it became carrion for unscrupulous literary vultures.