David Robbins: Scarlett O'Hara, my daughter and a real-life fairy tale
The choice of actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind caused a national sensation in 1938. But it was nothing compared with the drama that attended the casting of my daughter's Christmas school play this week.
More than 30 of Hollywood's finest were considered or tested for the role of the wilful heroine of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War saga.
Bette Davis was turned down, Lana Turner was found wanting and Lucille Ball was deemed unsuitable. (I'm with them on that one.)