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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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In 1936, he paid author Margaret Mitchell $50,000 for the movie rights to her novel "Gone With the Wind". Later, after Gone with the Wind (1939) became a blockbuster film, he realized he had underpaid Mitchell and gave her an additional $50,000.

When Selznick announced he was starting his own production company, Irving Thalberg called him to ask If he had any financing yet. Selznick replied, "Not a nickel." Thalberg, usually quite careful with money, said, "Well, me and Norma [wife Norma Shearer] would like to give you $250,000 to get on your feet." Thalberg thus became the first financier of Selznick Enterprises.

On May 11, 1976, Selznick's 22-year-old daughter Mary Jennifer (by his second wife Jennifer Jones) killed herself by jumping from the tallest building in Westwood (Los Angeles) while her psychotherapist was away on vacation. It was two days after Mother's Day and one day after what would have been her father's 74th birthday. Jennifer Jones subsequently became a therapist herself.

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