Although people still arrive in Atlanta expecting to visit Scarlett O’Hara’s Deep South estate, not a single scene of the classic film was shot in Georgia. Virtually all of the film was shot at what was then, the Selznick International Studios, California.
The Washington Blvd. entrance (between streets Ince & Van Buren) in Culver City, California, appears as the grand approach to the ‘big new house in Atlanta’ into which Rhett and Scarlett move after their marriage. The bldg itself is heavily disguised w/ a matte painting (a painting on glass, placed in front of the camera, used before effects could be achieved before CGI), but the formal lawns, and the path w/ its central hedge, remain virtually unchanged.
Gerald O’Hara’s walk w/ Scarlett was filmed on the Reuss Ranch, Malibu Lake.
The Barbecue at ‘Twelve Oaks’ used the long gone Busch Gardens (built by the Busch brewery family) in Pasadena, California.
The scene where Scarlett vows to never go hungry again was shot in the early morning sunrise at Lasky Mesa, Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles in the Simi Valley.
The cotton fields of Tara and O’Hara’s first horse ride are around Chico, way up in northern California, 80 miles north of Sacramento, near Paradise Apple Orchard.
The beautiful staircase at ‘Twelve Oaks’ estate, was based on an original at Cretien Point Plantation, about four miles from Sunset, between Lake Charles and Baton Rogue, Louisiana and the avenues of oaks is based on one at Boone Hall Plantation, seven miles north of Charleston, near US17, South Carolina.