New York: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Dec 11, 1939. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white photo and four-page memo (one page typed and 3 pp. mimeograph copy). About fine.

Presented is Margaret Mitchell‘s biography file with her headshot portrait, typed memo from Howard Dietz’ MGM Advertising and Publicity department and a three-page typed biography. Dated 12-11-39, this is the release which went to all advertising departments to publicize the premiere of the epic film adaptation of her bestselling novel Gone With the Wind.

The bio tells of her life as a writer, taking ten years from 1926-36 to write her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which would be her only published novel. The photo and bio come in its original file folder and the cover letter has “Star File” written at top.

Gone With the Wind would have its world premiere in Atlanta, GA, on Dec 15, 1939. Mitchell, producer David O. Selznick and much of the main cast would attend. The publicity and advertising campaign for the film were the biggest achieved for a film up to that time.

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