The Daily Mashup: Scarlett O’Hara to Scarlett Johansson

12 Jun

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When you hear the name Scarlett, odds are your mind probably jumps to either one of these beautiful women. Scarlett O’Hara is a famous leading character from the book Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, later adapted into a film. Scarlett Johansson is a famous leading lady herself, starring in many movies and gracing the covers of countless magazines. Turns out, their name isn’t the only thing they have in common.

Here are a few similarities:

Both women, at an early point in their lives, were without much money. O’Hara started out as a member of a wealthy family but at the time of the Civil War her whole world crashed and burned. She came close to starvation and homelessness when Sherman’s army comes through her hometown of Georgia. Johansson has also claimed that growing up her family had very little money and she attended a small public school in Manhattan.

Multiple sources say that Scarlett Johansson got her name from Gone With the Wind‘s Scarlett O’Hara because her mother was a film buff who had dreams for her daughter to be an actress. Another interesting similarity is that Johansson’s mother’s name is Melanie, the same name as Scarlett O’Hara’s BFF Melanie Hamilton.

It also looks as though O’Hara and Johansson have had similar love lives. They both have had multiple husbands and marriages that haven’t lasted too long. O’Hara first accepts the proposal from Melanie’s brother, Charles Hamilton who dies in the war. Next, she steals away her sister’s fiancé Frank Kennedy in order to gain standing in his business and earn money for herself. Finally, husband number three is the illustrious and charming Rhett Butler, a man whom she really loves. Johansson first married fellow actor Ryan Reynolds but the marriage only lasted two years. Now she’s married to a french man named Romain Dauriac, with whom she had her first child named Rose.

One cute little coincidence is that O’Hara and Johansson both have daughters named after a color. O’Hara’s Bonnie Blue Butler was named such because of her bright blue eyes she inherited from Rhett. We can only guess that Rose was named as another word to describe the color red, just like her mother Scarlett.

It goes without saying that these women have some kind of sultry allure that entices many men to adore them. In Gone With the Wind, we often see O’Hara surrounded by men who would be delighted to give her anything she wanted or even get the chance to exchange words with her. Johansson is a major sex symbol in the media, being the only woman named twice the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine. In addition, gaining the title of “Sexiest Celebrity” by Playboy magazine. 

O’Hara and Johansson are each known for their clever personality. Though both women have extremely good looks, their personalities don’t suffer because of it. O’Hara wasn’t the typical Southern belle of her time. She has a quick wit that she uses to tease the men around her and only acts empty-headed or dainty when she needs to. O’Hara has a strong sense of self and doesn’t shy away from taking what she wants. As for Johansson, she has also been described as much more than a pretty face and someone who has a great sense of humor. Woody Allen, who has worked with Johansson multiple times, once said about her that it is ”very hard to be extra witty around a sexually overwhelming, beautiful young woman who is wittier than you are.”

Scarlett O’Hara and Scarlett Johansson both seem to be beautiful, smart, and driven. Definitely two women to look up to!
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