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Legendary producer, David O. Selznick, was born David Selznick on May 10, 1902 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Selznick died at the age of 63 on Jun 22, 1965 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Selznick was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2003. Selznick was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Award in 1939 David O. Selznick .

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By minooallen on May 10, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , born May 10th, 1902! on what I can only think of as his Producers Throne. Oh, David O Selznick. What is there to say about you that hasn?t already been said a million times over. Genius. Check. Tyrant. Double check. Delusio... Read full article

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Is the only producer winner back-to-back of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940).

Selznick was famed for his long, detailed and incredibly involved -- and, to many of the people who received them, maddening -- memos sent to many different people during the production of a film, not just the director or writer but cameramen, editors, and pretty much anyone who had anything to do with the picture. A publicist on one of his films once got a Western Union telegram from Selznick that ended up being more than 30 feet long and finished up with, "I have just received a phone call that pretty much clears up this matter. Therefore you can disregard this wire." These famed memos are the subject of an entire book "Memo From David Selznick" edited by Rudy Behlmer. According to Behlmer, Selznick dictated his every thought to secretaries from 1916-1965 in memos that filled 2,000 file boxes.

The "O" in his middle name, though it has a period after it, doesn't stand for anything. He added it because he felt it gave flair to his name.

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