In 2012, beloved screen star Ann Rutherford, Scarlett's youngest sister in Gone With the Wind, passed away. But fortunately — not her stories. The year before her death, Miss Rutherford invited author Phillip Done to her Beverly Hills home where she shared decades of heartening memories from her fascinating life in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Like a scene out of Sunset Boulevard, Done wrote it down in this masterful tribute and shrewdly crafted memoir. With never-before-seen photographs from Miss Rutherford's private collection, The Charms of Miss O'Hara takes readers on a guided tour through Ann Rutherford's rich career, including such roles as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy pictures, Lydia in Pride and Prejudice, and Carreen in Gone With the Wind. Oft told in Miss Rutherford's sharp and engaging voice, readers will discover delicious behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Lana Turner, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Debbie Reynolds, David Selznick, Louis B. Mayer, and many others. Much more than a celebrity memoir, The Charms of Miss O'Hara will delight Gone With the Wind fans and classic movie buffs with valuable life lessons from a movie star.
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Phillip Done is also the author of the celebrated 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching, Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood, and they newly released The Ornament Box: A Love Story with a foreword by screen legend Debbie Reynolds. Born and raised in California, Phil currently lives in Atlanta. Visit him at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/theornamentbox.Review:
“A joyous book about a joyous person. Rich with tenderness, warmth, and wit, The Charms of Miss O’Hara is a touching tribute to a dear friend whose company I always enjoyed. Now, in these pages, you get to enjoy her company, too.” — Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain and author of the New York Times bestseller Unsinkable
“Ann Rutherford, Scarlett O'Hara's younger sister and Andy Hardy's perky girlfriend, Polly Benedict, was a more memorable person off-screen than on, and Phillip Done has caught her inimitable voice, her charm, her humanity and her humor in this book of their late, but rewarding friendship for them and for Mr. Done's readers." — Anne Edwards, author of Vivien Leigh: A Biography and Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell
“Although Ann Rutherford passed away in 2012, Phillip Done’s magical memoir of Hollywood’s ultimate sweet young sister/girl next-door gives readers a chance to meet this delightful woman up close and personal. Done perfectly captures the many charms of Miss Rutherford, especially her wonderful sense of humor and her great love for her fans. And reading Ann’s memories of the Golden Age of Hollywood is like strolling hand-in-hand with Polly Benedict to the malt shop — down memory lane to a time that, sadly, is now gone with the wind.” — John Wiley Jr., editor of The Scarlett Letters: The Making of the Film Gone With the Wind
“A rare, amazing opportunity to meet and know a classic, classy Hollywood star. You’ll come away feeling you were right there at Rutherford’s side, sharing every enthralling memory, clear-eyed observation, and humorous aside. She remains a treasure; the book is her equal." — John Fricke, author of Judy: A Legendary Film Career and The Wonderful World of Oz.
“What a wonderful tribute to Ann Rutherford! Phil Done is to be commended for exploring a yet unexplored Hollywood niche — the life of one of Hollywood’s most beautiful ladies and her connections to — and stories about — many of the industry’s most revered films. Every Gone With the Wind fan should read this book." — Michael Troyan, author of MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot and Greer Garson: The Rose of Mrs. Miniver
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