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Samuel Goldwyn Overview:

Legendary producer, Samuel Goldwyn, was born Schmuel Gelbfisz on Aug 17, 1879 in Warsaw, Poland. Goldwyn died at the age of 94 on Jan 31, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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Samuel Goldwyn was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning one for Best Picture for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. He also won two Honorary Awards in 1946 and 1957 Samuel Goldwyn .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1931/32Best PictureArrowsmith (1931)N/ANominated
1936Best PictureDodsworth (1936)N/ANominated
1937Best PictureDead End (1937)N/ANominated
1937Best Music - ScoringThe Hurricane (1937)N/ANominated
1939Best PictureWuthering Heights (1939)N/ANominated
1941Best PictureThe Little Foxes (1941)N/ANominated
1942Best PictureThe Pride of the Yankees (1942)N/ANominated
1946Best PictureThe Best Years of Our Lives (1946)N/AWon
1947Best PictureThe Bishop's Wife (1947)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1938IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDSamuel Goldwyn [NOTE: Did not win the award. This is the only year that nominations were announced for the Thalberg award.]
1946IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDSamuel Goldwyn
1957JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARDSamuel Goldwyn

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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In 1917 he merged his production company with All-Star Feature Films Corp., owned by brothers Edgar Selwyn and Archibald Selwyn, creating the Goldwyn Pictures Corp. The symbol of the new company was a reclining lion, surrounded by a banner made from a strip of celluloid film with the words "Ars Gratia Artis" ("Art for Art's Sake") at the top, which was designed by Howard Dietz. The trademark adorned the front gate of the studio's Culver City, California, production facilities, which ranked with the finest in Hollywood (the inspiration for the original "Leo the Lion" likely were the stone lions at the New York Public Library on 44th St., which was across from the All-Star Feature Corp.'s offices). Goldfish liked the name of the new studio so much that he renamed himself Samuel Goldwyn. He was forced out of the company in 1922. It was merged with Loew's Inc.'s Metro Pictures in 1924 through a stock swap, creating Metro-Goldwyn, which subsequently merged with Louis B. Mayer Productions, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was born--even though Goldwyn himself had nothing to do with the company that bore his name (he tried legal action to prevent the new company from using it, but lost). Goldwyn, who h

Was forced out of Famous Players-Lasky on September 14, 1916, and incorporated Goldwyn Pictures with brothers Edgar Selwyn and Archibald Selwyn two months later on November 19, 1916. At that point in his career he needed the highly respected Selwyns, who were successful Broadway producers and owned a library of filmable plays. The Selwyns went into business with him because he had Mabel Normand, the biggest star in the movies, under contract. He had signed her to a personal contract on September 16, 1916, two days after resigning from Famous Players-Lasky. The contract was set to kick in after her contract with Mack Sennett expired in 1917. Normand had been voted the top movie comedienne in a July 1916 "Motion Pictures Magazine" readers' poll, and going into business with him gave the Selwyns access to her; without her, he would probably not have been able to convince the Selwyns to go into business with him. By partnering with him, they gained access to some of the finest production facilities in Hollywood and one of the top female stars.

2002: Portrayed on Broadway in "Alan King as Mr. Goldwyn" by actor/comedian/producer Alan King. Play focuses on Goldwyn in early 1950s when he is making Hans Christian Andersen (1952).

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