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The Search for Scarlett Goes On

October 5, 1992

ATLANTA (AP) _ A much-ballyhooed, worldwide search failed to turn up the next Scarlett O’Hara, and the producer of a TV miniseries said he will start considering established actresses for the part.

Robert Halmi, who is producing a sequel to ″Gone With the Wind,″ was seeking an unknown to play Scarlett. He received more than 20,000 applications for the part and called 23 finalists to Atlanta.

Halmi was to have announced the winner Sunday night during a syndicated TV ceremony from the state Capitol. He did offer other speaking roles to three of the actresses, but said none won him over as Scarlett.

″I’ve always believed that when just the right actress walks into the room, I’ll know instantly and instinctively that she is my Scarlett,″ Halmi said. ″But while we saw some awesome talent here, that moment of revelation didn’t happen.″

He said he will search for his Scarlett among more experienced film actresses - ″actresses who are not stars but are marquee actresses.″

He said he expects to select someone in the next three to four weeks, and then will choose actors to portray Rhett Butler and fill other major roles.

The search surpassed that undertaken by producer David O. Selznick for the 1939 Oscar-winning movie. Selznick chose British actress Vivien Leigh, who was mostly unknown in America.

Filming of the eight-hour, $30 million miniseries is to begin early next year. It is scheduled to air in November 1993 on CBS and in 17 countries.

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