Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Gone with the Wind) Melanie is the lovely counterpart to Scarlett O’Hara in Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, Gone With The Wind, and her image is inextricably intertwined with Olivia de Haviland, who played her in the 1939 movie. Surely Melanie is one of the most loved modern American fictional characters. She is not “too good to be true”, she is good and true, an unfaltering, loyal and loving pillar of support to all the other pivotal characters in the story. Born of an aristocratic, inbred Southern family, both she and her cousin/husband, Ashley Wilkes, have been raised in the genteel, mythic atmosphere of the Old South in all its glory. While this results in a kind of namby-pamby indecisiveness in Ashley, in Melanie it seems to have provided a backbone of steel under all the naivete and crinolines. She is kind and gentle, but not above shooting a Yankee soldier when he threatens those she loves. She stands up for Scarlett’s reputation and provides a bridge back to sanity for Rhett Butler when his daughter dies, all the while performing her duties as the perfect wife and mother that she is. In the crucial scene where Melanie meets her death, it is perhaps Scarlett who mourns her most, realizing finally how much she has relied upon this good woman, how much she has needed her, and how loathe she is to let her go.
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A Home for Melanie (Joanna Campbell) - Is Melanie leaving the only place that's ever felt like home? Melanie Graham expected Whitebrook Farm to be the most boring place in America. And she thought her cousin, Christina Reese, would be a snob. But after an entire summer at Whitebrook, Melanie has changed her mind. Whitebrook isn't dull--it's amazing! There are so many beautiful horses, especially Trib, her favorite pony. Plus, Christina is totally cool--she's the first true friend Melanie has ever had. Now Melanie can't imagine living anywhere else. There's just one problem: Melanie's dad wants her to return to New York City. How can she convince him to let her stay at Whitebrook--forever? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Melanie and the Modeling Mess (Elaine L. Schulte) - A new face has moved into Santa Rosita Estates, and her name is Melanie Lin. Becky, Cara, Tricia, and Jess are very impressed when they discover that their beautiful new Asian friend is also a model but inside, Melanie is far from confident about herself. With a wacky Chinese aunt and a younger brother who runs around karate-chopping her friends, Melanie wishes her family wouldn't make their heritage so obvious. More than anything, she wants to feel as if she belongs, and she's sure that being part of the Twelve Candles Club will do just that. Determined to fit in, Melanie offers to get modeling jobs for her new friends but when Tricia, Becky, Jess, and Cara show off their modeling skills, it looks as if the fashion show might be heading for disaster! Watch Out! Melanie's Stuck Her Foot in Her Mouth Again! Recommended for ages 9-12.
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day (Cyndy Szekeres) - Poor Melanie Mouse! She’s crying, because today is moving day and she has to say goodbye to all her friends—the peeping chicks, the sobbing piglets, the precious puppies. What will her new home be like? Will she have anyone to play with? Cyndy Szekeres’s charming story, and her irresistible animals, will provide comfort and reassurance to any child who has to move to a new neighborhood. Recommended for ages 4-8.
The Diary of Melanie Martin (Carol Weston) - Ten-year-old Melanie Martin and her family are going to Italy for spring break. Her diary begins shortly before their European adventures start, and continues as they travel across Italy and back home again. As on many family vacations, the two kids fight, the parents argue, pickpockets strike, children go missing, new things are tried, but, ultimately, everyone has a memorable trip. Melanie's diary has an authentic ring: she grumbles about her brother, her parents complain that she is a grump, but by journal's end she has gained a maturity that often accompanies a trip abroad. Sections of the book are laugh-out-loud funny and Weston's descriptions will have readers wanting to see the country for themselves. An enjoyable read. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Melanie - Melanie Griffith (actress); Melanie Brown (singer/Spice Girl); Melanie Chisholm (singer/Spice Girl); Melanie Blatt (singer); Melanie Fiona (singer); Melanie Thornton (singer); Melanie Oudin (tennis player)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Melanie - Gilles Villeneuve (race car driver); Peter Gabriel Musician); Rodney Dangerfield (comic/actor); Vanessa Williams (actress); William Shatner (actor)
Melanie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Melanie.