Friday, September 3, 2010

GWTW actress cammie king conlon, R.I.P.

everyone knows the story where cammie king conlon jokes that her career peaked at age five when she played bonnie "blue" butler, pampered daughter of rhett and scarlett (especially rhett, meaning most of her scenes with just with clark gable, that's all). hollywood has never been very nice to children, so it was probably just as well she was satisfied with her role in one of the biggest movies of all time.

after the horrors of war, the flight from atlanta, the privations on the plundered plantation tara, and the grueling days of reconstruction it's a relief in both the book and the movie when cute and playful bonnie comes along charming everyone who meets her. she causes her father to turn over a new leaf and endeavor to become a respectable citizen for the first time in 30 years. (sigh)

despite its early production date, GWTW makes interesting use of color and bonnie's scenes are no exception. she's given her nickname because of her eyes are "as blue and the bonnie blue flag" and often is dressed in blue because of this (to her delight). they even use dress material intended for a new ballgown for scarlett to make a riding habit for bonnie after her doting father buys her a pony.

i haven't seen GWTW in years, but i remember the scenes between cammie and clark gable were very touching. also, she was very cute!
cammie king conlon as bonnie butler

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