Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson


Mary Anderson
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Born April 3, 1918 in Birmingham, Ala.
Died April 6, 2014 in Burbank, Calif.

Mary Anderson, was a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind” but wound up playing a supporting role as Maybelle Merriwether.

Sometimes called Bebe, Anderson was born in Birmingham, Ala., on April 3, 1918, although she often reported her birth year as 1920. While attending Howard College (now Samford University), she was discovered by director George Cukor, who was searching for an actress to play the leading role of Scarlett O'Hara. After firing Cukor, producer David O. Selznick eventually chose Vivien Leigh, who won the lead actress Oscar for the part, but cast Anderson in the minor role.

She went on to appear in films in the 1940s and '50s, including "Cheers for Miss Bishop," "The Song of Bernadette" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat."

She also acted on stage, including the 1942 Broadway production of "Guest in the House," and on television, with a recurring role on "Peyton Place" in 1964.

Anderson died April 6, 2014, while receiving hospice care in Burbank, Calif. She was 96.

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