The Shaw-Tumblin Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real Collection is at the Orange County Regional History Center through November 30. The 75th Anniversary exhibit features highlights from the largest privately held collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia from the film.
James Tumblin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, began his collection when he noticed a dress lying on the floor in a warehouse. He picked it up and noticed the “Selznick International” note on the tag. He was told not to bother tidying up, as the dress was going to be thrown away. He asked if he could buy it and was told it was his for $20, with another rack of clothes to boot. Masking his excitement, Tumblin readily accepted and walked away with the very dress Vivien Leigh wore while riding through shanty town in the iconic 1939 film. (None of the other costumes were from Gone With the Wind, but he did score an outfit worn by Judy Garland in 1948’s Easter Parade.)
The Shanty Town dress, along with over 120 items from the film including movie posters, scripts, props, and more can be seen. Visitors will view Eugenie “Bonnie Blue” Butler’s velvet dress from her final scene, Belle Watling’s burgundy velvet jacket and muff and the bell actress Ona Munson wore in her hair.
Exhibit viewing is included with Orange County Regional History Center admission. Adults, $15; Seniors (60+), students and military), $13; Children ages 5-12 $12. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.
In conjunction with Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real, special programming is offered including trivia night, moderated discussion on the movie’s pop culture influence, date night with Gone With the Wind screening, and a “film brunch.” Read more about these special activities here.
Pictured at left are from top to bottom: James L. Tumblin on the red carpet, owner of The Shaw-Tumblin Collection; velvet Bonnie Blue dress; Central Florida wall, highlighting the Gone With the Wind craze in Central Florida; screening room; photo of actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, with private letter; Film-making meters used in production; the Shanty Town dress.