UT to Restore Five "Gone With The Wind" Gowns

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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UT to Restore Five "Gone With The Wind" Gowns

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American actor Clark Gable (1901 - 1960) in his role as Rhett Butler kissing the hand of a tearful Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh in 'Gone With The Wind'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Yes, those legions of "Gone With the Wind" fans really do care.

The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center says it has met its $30,000 fundraising goal to pay for restoring five of Scarlett O'Hara's gowns from the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

Ransom Center officials announced Tuesday that contributions came from more than 600 people in 44 states and 13 countries.

Actress Vivien Leigh wore the costumes in the 1939 film, including O'Hara's green curtain dress.

The Ransom Center is planning an exhibit to mark the movie's 75th anniversary in 2014. Once restored, the dress may be put on loan to museums.

Online: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/costumes

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