Name at birth: Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her first and only novel, Gone With the Wind. The best-selling Civil War romance was published in 1936 and later turned into one of the most famous movies of the era, with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the roles of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. The film won the 1939 Academy Award for best picture, plus seven other Oscars.
In 1992 author Alexandra Ripley published Scarlett, a sequel to Gone With the Wind authorized by Mitchell’s estate… Mitchell is no relation to fellow writer Joseph Mitchell… Margaret Mitchell should not be confused with Martha Mitchell, the so-called “Mouth of the South” who was the wife of Watergate-era Attorney General John Mitchell.