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Victor Fleming Overview:

Legendary director, Victor Fleming, was born on Feb 23, 1889 in La Cañada, CA. Fleming died at the age of 59 on Jan 6, 1949 in Cottonwood, AZ and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Victor Fleming was best known as a director of rugged action films. Well at home with men of action and sassy ladies, Fleming crowned a hugely successful decade at MGM by directing both The Wizard of Oz and (most of) Gone With the Wind. All the same, he did not make the top rank of feted Hollywood directors, and died a disillusioned and disappointed man after the considerable failure of his last two films.

Fleming was a rugged character in his own right, racing cars for a living until he retired from that dangerous profession and decided to go in for cinematography. By 1916, he had progressed to chief cameraman, mostly on films directed by John Emerson and Alan Dwan. After World War II service with the photographic section of the US Army Signal Corps, Fleming decided to move into direction. By the mid-1920s, he started winning big star assignments, and by 1932, he signed a contract with MGM, the next eight years with MGM containing all of Fleming's best-known films.

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Victor Fleming was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Director for Gone with the Wind in 1939.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best DirectorGone with the Wind (1939)N/AWon

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

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Red Dust (1932, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

I?m not sure how much would be different about Red Dust if the film weren?t so hideously racist, particularly when it comes to poor Willie Fung (as the houseboy), but at least it wouldn?t go out on such a nasty note. Especially since the finale, despite being contrived, at least plays to the film?s ... Read full article

Captains Courageous (1937, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 15, 2017 From The Stop Button

As Captains Courageous enters its third act, Spencer Tracy (as a Portugese fisherman) reminds Freddie Bartholomew (a spoiled blue blood kid Tracy rescues after he falls overboard from an ocean liner) it’s almost time to go home to his regular life. It’s a shock for Bartholomew, but also ... Read full article

The Wizard of Oz (1939, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 8, 2017 From The Stop Button

By the time the door opens and Dorothy (Judy Garland) finds herself over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz has already completed one full narrative arc and is starting another. The film opens with Garland in a crisis?she?s a teenage girl on a farm where no one has time for her (it?s a busy farm, after a... Read full article

Mini Tribute: Director

By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 23, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born February 23, 1889 Legendary Director ! Although this post is labeled ‘Mini’ there is certainly nothing ‘mini’ about the respect due to Legendary Director, !? This post is simply labeled ‘mini’ because I am paying a pictorial tribu... Read full article

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Victor Fleming Facts
The only director to have two films listed in the top 10 of the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 100 greatest American films, Gone with the Wind (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).

He directed 9 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Emil Jannings, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Frank Morgan, José Ferrer and Ingrid Bergman. Jannings, Tracy, Leigh and McDaniel all won Oscars for their performances in one of Fleming's movies.

Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in the Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, #2081.

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