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David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick

David Oliver Selznick (May 10, 1902June 22, 1965), was one of the icon Hollywood producers of the Golden Age. He is best known for producing the epic blockbuster Gone with the Wind (1939) which earned him an Oscar for Best Picture. The film, one of the most popular and successful in Hollywood history also won seven additional Oscars and two special awards. Selznick also won the Irving G. Thalberg award that same year. He would make film history by winning the Best Picture Oscar a second year in a row for Rebecca (1940). Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jump to: navigation, search May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999-The Bomb 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... ... Producers can mean: The plural of producer The Producers, a 1968 movie The Producers (band), a 1980s new wave band from Atlanta This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gone with the Wind is considered as one of the greatest films of all time. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899–September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ... Rebecca is a 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock as his first American project. ...


He was born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of silent movie distributor Lewis J. Selznick and Florence A. (Sachs) Selznick. He studied at Columbia University and worked as an apprentice in his father's company until his father went bankrupt in 1923. In 1926, Selznick moved to Hollywood and with his father's connections, got a job as an assistant story editor at MGM. He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928 and worked there until 1931 when he joined RKO as Head of Production. His years at RKO were fruitful and he guided many notable films there, including A Bill of Divorcement (1932), What Price Hollywood (1932) and King Kong (1933). While at RKO, he also gave George Cukor his big directing break. In 1933 he returned to MGM to establish a second prestige production unit to parallel that of Irving Thalberg who was in poor health. His blockbuster classics included Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Anna Karenina (1935) and A Tale of Two Cities (1935). The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Jump to: navigation, search (This article is about the city. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Lewis J. Selznick (May 2, 1870 - January 25, 1933) was a film producer. ... Jump to: navigation, search Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2002. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... Jump to: navigation, search King Kong was a landmark 1933 Hollywood horror/adventure film from RKO about a gigantic prehistoric gorilla named Kong, brought from remote Skull Island to New York City to be exhibited as a natural wonder. ... George Cukor George Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899–September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ... Dinner At Eight is an episode of the television show Frasier. ... David Copperfield is a quasi-autobiographical novel by Charles Dickens. ... Alla Tarasova as Anna Karenina. ... Jump to: navigation, search Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame and retribution. ...


But Selznick was restless and longed to be an independent producer and establish his own studio. In 1936 he realized that goal by forming Selznick International Pictures and distributing his films through United Artists. His successes continued with classics such as The Garden of Allah (1936), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), A Star is Born (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), Made For Each Other (1939), Intermezzo (1939) and of course, his magnum opus Gone with the Wind (1939). In 1940, he produced his second Best Picture Oscar winner in a row, Rebecca the first Hollywood production for British director Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick had brought Hitchcock over from England giving birth to the director's American career. It is interesting to note that Rebecca is Hitchcock's only film to win Best Picture. Selznick International Pictures was a Hollywood motion picture studio, founded in 1935 by producer David O. Selznick and investor John Hay Whitney. ... Jump to: navigation, search The current United Artists logo. ... The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, first published in 1894. ... A Star Is Born is the title of several successful movies. ... Nothing Sacred refers to: a 1937 film Nothing Sacred (film) starring Carole Lombard and Frederic March. ... InterMezzo is a distributed file system written for Linux, distributed with a GPL licence. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gone with the Wind is considered as one of the greatest films of all time. ... Rebecca is a 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock as his first American project. ... Jump to: navigation, search Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a British film director and producer, closely associated with the suspense thriller genre. ... Rebecca is the New Testament spelling of Rebekah (see Romans 9:10). ...


After Rebecca, Selznick closed Selznick International Pictures and took some time off. His business activities included loaning out to other studios for large profits the high-powered talent he had under contract including Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh and Joan Fontaine. He also developed film projects and sold the packages to other producers. In 1944 he returned to producing pictures with the huge success Since You Went Away which he wrote. He followed that with the classic, Spellbound (1945) as well as Portrait of Jennie (1948). In 1949, he co-produced the memorable Orson Welles picture The Third Man. Rebecca is the New Testament spelling of Rebekah (see Romans 9:10). ... Selznick International Pictures was a Hollywood motion picture studio, founded in 1935 by producer David O. Selznick and investor John Hay Whitney. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ingrid Bergman at 14 Ingrid Bergman ▶(?) (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was an Academy Award-winning Swedish actress. ... Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 7, 1967) was an English actress who was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, India to Ernest Hartley (who was of English parentage) and Gertrude Robinson Yackje (of Irish descent). ... Joan Fontaine circa 1942 Joan Fontaine, an American actress, was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22, 1917, the younger daughter of Walter de Havilland, a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan, and Lilian (Ruse) de Havilland. ... Since You Went Away is a 1944 film which tells the story of how a woman copes at home while her husband has gone off to fight World War II. It stars Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten, Monty Woolley, Robert Walker, Lionel Barrymore, Hattie McDaniel, Agnes Moorehead... DVD cover of the Criterion Collection release Spellbound (1945), a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims to be. ... Portrait of Jennie movie poster Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Third Man (1949) is a film noir directed by Carol Reed. ...


After Gone with the Wind Selznick spent the rest of his career trying to top that landmark achievement. The closest he came was with Duel in the Sun (1946). With a huge budget, the film is renowned for its steller cast, its sweeping cinematography and for causing all sorts of moral upheaval because of the then risque script written by Selznick. And though it was a troublesome shoot with a number of directors, the film would turn out to be a major success. The film was the second highest grossing film of 1947 and turned out to be the first movie that Martin Scorcese would see, inspiring the director's brilliant career. Categories: Movie stubs | 1946 films | Best Actress Oscar Nominee (film) | Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee (film) ... Martin Scorsese (born November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American film director. ...


Selznick spent most of the 1950s obsessing about nurturing the career of his second wife Jennifer Jones. His last film, the big budget production, A Farewell to Arms (1957) starring Jones and Rock Hudson, was ill received. But in 1954, he ventured successfully into television, producing a two hour extravaganza called Light's Diamond Jubilee, which, in true Selznick fashion, made TV history by being telecast simultaneously on all networks. Jennifer Jones (born Phyllis Lee Isley on March 2, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American actress. ... A Farewell to Arms book cover A Farewell to Arms is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Ernest Hemingway in 1929. ... Jump to: navigation, search Rock Hudson Rock Hudson (November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor, famous for his rugged good looks. ...


In addition to his steller filmography, David O. Selznick had a keen instinct for new talent and will be remembered for introducing American movie audiences to Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh and Louis Jourdan as well as director Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick continued to be a larger than life Hollywood presence right up to the end of his life. A fascinating study in contrasts, this passionate, creative, obsessed product of the motion picture business remains an integral part of film making history. Jump to: navigation, search Fred Astaire Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Jump to: navigation, search Katharine Hepburn Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic star of American film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ingrid Bergman at 14 Ingrid Bergman ▶(?) (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was an Academy Award-winning Swedish actress. ... Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 7, 1967) was an English actress who was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, India to Ernest Hartley (who was of English parentage) and Gertrude Robinson Yackje (of Irish descent). ... Jump to: navigation, search Louis Jourdan (born June 19, 1919) is a French actor, known chiefly for his suave manner and good looks. ... Jump to: navigation, search Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a British film director and producer, closely associated with the suspense thriller genre. ...


Selznick married Irene Gladys Mayer, daughter of MGM mogul, Louis B. Mayer in 1930. They divorced in 1948. They had two sons, Daniel Selznick and Jeffrey Selznick. Irene Mayer Selznick (April 2, 1907 - October 10, 1990) was an American theatrical producer. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Louis B. Mayer (July 4, 1885–October 29, 1957) was an American film producer. ...


Selznick married actress Jennifer Jones in 1949. They had one daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick, who committed suicide in 1975. Jennifer Jones (born Phyllis Lee Isley on March 2, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American actress. ... Jump to: navigation, search This page concerns suicide. ...


Selznick's brother, Myron Selznick, became the most powerful agent in Hollywood, essentially defining the profession for those that followed. He died in 1944. Myron Selznick (October 5, 1898 – March 23, 1944) was an American film producer and talent agent. ...


Selznick died June 22, 1965 following several heart attacks and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... Jump to: navigation, search County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 79. ...


For his indelible contribution to the motion picture industry, David O. Selznick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Jump to: navigation, search An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ...


Academy Awards and Nominations

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References

  • Thomson, David. Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick. New York: Knopf, 1992. ISBN 0394568338

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David O. Selznick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (938 words)
David Oliver Selznick (May 10, 1902–June 22, 1965), was one of the icon Hollywood producers of the Golden Age.
In addition to his steller filmography, David O. Selznick had a keen instinct for new talent and will be remembered for introducing American movie audiences to Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh and Louis Jourdan as well as director Alfred Hitchcock.
Selznick married Irene Gladys Mayer, daughter of MGM mogul, Louis B. Mayer in 1930.
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