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Susan Myrick

Feb 20, 1893 - Sep 3, 1978

Cemetery: Memory Hill
East Side, Section D, Lot 9, Grave 11
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Inscription and Notes:

A writer for the Macon Telegraph.
Technical Adviser for Southern customs and traditions in Gone With the Wind.

Susan Myrick

Susan Myrick was born at her family's plantation, "Dovedale," 12 miles northwest of Milledgeville. In person, she was lively and charming, as amusing as her writing, and a person with many interests. One interest included soil conservation. Another led her into being a charter member of the Macon Little Theatre in 1934.

Beginning in 1928, The Macon Telegraph employed her as an editor of the women's page. Among her most memorable columns were those of 1939, after director George Cukor asked her to be a technical adviser for the filming of Gone With the Wind. She was the only recommendation for the movie made by Margaret Mitchell to the director, David O. Selzick. She served as an advisor in Southern manners and mores during its filming. She was hired for 5 months but spent nearly 8 months on the job in Hollywood. Among her efforts were instructing the actors in speaking as Southern gentry or as slaves, tying Mammy's head rag, and the wreath hung on the door when Bonnie died. Margaret Mitchell's tribute to Susan Myrick in Susan's copy of Gone With the Wind reads: "To Sue, who has guts and gumption and totes her own book."

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