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"Fiddle-dee-dee" ― A recurring line from Scarlett.

"As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." ― Scarlett vowing to provide food for her people.

Scarlett O'Hara (born Katie Scarlett O'Hara; credited as Scarlett O' Hara – Hamilton – Kennedy – Butler) (born some time in 1844 or 1845) is the protagonist in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind and in the 1939 film of the same name. She was voiced by Vivien Leigh in the 1939 film, and by Joanne Whalley in Scarlett (a miniseries from 1994.)

Why She Rocks

  1. Vivien Leigh pulls of one of the best performances in the 1939 film with this character.
  2. She's one of the most complex characters throughout the entire film and novel. As she had a serious amount of screen time, and occasionally switches between being vain and being relatable and a character the audience feel bad for.
  3. She went through some serious character development, as she went from a manipulator to realizing her sister-in-law Melanie Hamilton had loved and cared for her, and vowing to protect her and her family's land.
  4. She's willing to do whatever it takes to survive and protect her family.
  5. Despite usually being an unpleasant woman at times, Scarlett has proven that she isn't heartless.
    1. One reason she's obsessed with gaining material wealth was to make sure that both she and her family will "never go hungry again."
    2. She's been deeply traumatized even after all those years, and is trying to protect herself and the others in the only way she knows, even if it meant doing things that were incredibly morally dubious.
  6. She's make several memorable quotes throughout the film, two of them even made the AFI 100 Quotes list.
    1. 31: After all, tomorrow is another day!
    2. 59: As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.


  • Vivien Leigh, the actress who portrayed Scarlett, won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1939.