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Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’ Hara or


September 17, 2009

You’re wanted for the best look-alike Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara or Wizard of Oz character contest at the Culver City Historical Society’s Celebration of the Movies II. The event willhonor the 70th anniversary of many classic 1939 movies made in “The Heart of Screenland,” including Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 at The Culver Studios, 9336 West Washington Blvd. in Culver City, and at the landmark Culver Hotel at 9400 Culver Blvd.

Celebrity judges for the look-like contest are: Academy Award winning child star Margaret O’Brien; producer Patrick Curtis, who played “Baby Beau Wilkes” in Gone with the Wind; Dorothy Barrett, Miss Culver City, 1937,who played one of Scarlett’s cousins in GWTW; Margaret Kerry, who made appearances in Our Gang Comedies and many TV shows, and who was the model for “Miss Tinker Bell” in Peter Pan; and animation artist Martha Sigall, who worked at M-G-M and inked cartoons like Tom and Jerry, as well as others for the Hanna-Barbera Unit. .

Former Mayor Jozelle Smith will emcee the Look-Alike Contest. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and participate. Prizes will be given to the winners.

More festivities will include narrated tours of the historic studio lot every half-hour, where the last existing prop from GWTW will be on display; a rare exhibit of Fred Parrish GWTW still photos; photo ops with one’s own camera; a display of “Screenland As” Vintage Cars; a souvenir program book; vintage music; a commemoration of Culver City’s 92nd anniversary of incorporation; and many more surprises.

Since the event will take place on the lawn of The Culver Studios, attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket if they wish to sit on the grass.

The Lions Club will sell water and snacks to benefit its eye screening program for local children.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $19.39 per person. Check in is at the Culver Hotel, where the “Munchkins” stayed during the filming of The Wizard of Oz. Parking is available in the city parking structures or through valet parking in nearby locations in downtown Culver City.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the CCHS’ Museum/Archive and Resource Center (ARC) and support its mission in the community. There is no admission charge for visitors to the (ARC), located at the back of the Veteran’s Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, and open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m.

ARC exhibits historical photos and memorabilia; raises awareness of local history through educational programs; is a free resource, which caters to researchers of historic photos and information at universities, in the film industry, and the public; and stewards the City of Culver City’s significant historical collections. (There is a cost for the reproduction of materials.)

For information about the Celebration of the Moves II, call (310) 253-6941 or send a message to:


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