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Walter Wanger Overview:

Producer, Walter Wanger, was born Walter Feuchtwanger on Jul 11, 1894 in San Francisco, CA. Wanger died at the age of 74 on Nov 18, 1968 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum in Colma, San Mateo County, CA.

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Although Wanger was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award. However he won two Honorary Oscar Awards in 1945 and 1948 for distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best PictureStagecoach (1939)N/ANominated
1940Best PictureForeign Correspondent (1940)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1938IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDWalter Wanger [NOTE: Did not win the award. This is the only year that nominations were announced for the Thalberg award.]
1945Special Awardfor his six years service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1948Special Awardfor distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc

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Hosted the Academy Awards in 1941

Holds a special place in the history of motion picture production - he was the first and last studio executive to suggest to Groucho Marx that he lose the greasepaint moustache as it was an "obvious fake". (Source: Joseph Adamson III in his book "Groucho, Harpo, Chico and sometimes Zeppo" (1973)

The surname Wanger, as pronounced, rhymes with 'stranger'

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