LEIGH'S LETTER TO CUKOR AFTER HIS FIRING FROM "GONE WITH THE WIND."
Autograph Letter Signed ("Vivien Leigh"), 1 p, 8vo, n.p., n.d. [but after February 12, 1939], to George Cukor, on light blue personal letterhead, very fine.
George Cukor worked very closely with producer David O. Selznick throughout the pre-production process on Gone With the Wind, giving important input on the development of the screenplay, set and costume design, and casting. Once shooting began in January, however, the professional relationship between the two men crumbled, with Cukor chafing at Selznick's interference and Selznick complaining about Cukor's slow pace. On February 12, 1939, Selznick fired Cukor, replacing him with Victor Fleming. In this note, Leigh writes: "Dear Mr. Cukor-- / In fact all of us found your wonderful direction such a great help in our work. & we have found ourselves unable to give our full attention as it was in your case, to any director since. / Yours / Vivien Leigh."