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Thank you, Cammie, and rest in peace

September 3, 2010

Tags: Cammie King Conlon, Bonnie Blue Butler, Gone With the Wind

I might be the only person that Cammie King Conlon ever graced with a jacket endorsement (and I hope someone will please correct me if I'm wrong) - what a wonderful gift and remembrance.

I didn't know Cammie very well, but I admired her greatly. I saw her many times on the "big screen," but I had never met her in person.

As a writer, I had the opportunity to interview Cammie a number of times for different Gone With the Wind-related articles I was writing and she was always accessible, unfailingly kind and generous, sometimes wry and at all times an absolute pleasure to talk with.

As an author, I received a cherished gift from Cammie: She read my book, The Secret of the Belles, while still in manuscript format and offered to write a jacket endorsement for it. Imagine receiving an email from "Bonnie Blue Butler" herself, calling my book "a beautiful read, and another amazing tribute to the phenomenon that is Gone With the Wind." To say I was overcome, humbled, thrilled and appreciative truly is an understatement.

Cammie, what a treasure you were and what an enduring legacy you left.