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David O. Selznick Overview:

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.

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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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David O. Selznick Facts
In 1935, Greta Garbo signed a contract with MGM saying only Irving Thalberg and Selznick could supervise her pictures. After the surprise success of Anna Karenina (1935) with Garbo, David O. Selznick announced that he was leaving MGM to start his own company. Garbo begged him to stay at MGM, saying he could solely produce her pictures. Selznick turned down her offer, saying he had bigger ambitions. It is interesting to note that she only acted in four other films after that: Camille (1936), Conquest (1937), Ninotchka (1939), and Two-Faced Woman (1941), and only two were box-office successes. MGM modified the contract after Thalberg's surprise death in 1936, and Garbo was reportedly furious by this decision.

He abandoned his career at MGM after marrying Irene Mayer Selznick, the daughter of MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer, and moved to RKO. He eventually returned to MGM after the loss of production genius Irving Thalberg. This led to the famous observation that "The son-in-law also rises", a play on words of the Ernest Hemingway novel "The Sun Also Rises".

Responsible for casting four actresses in roles that made them stars: Katharine Hepburn in A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939), Joan Fontaine in Rebecca (1940) and Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (1943).

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