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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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In 1949 he turned down the Special Academy Award given to him for Joan of Arc (1948). Wanger was furious at the way the film had been marketed and blamed billionaire Howard Hughes - who at the time was head of RKO, the studio that distributed the film - for its commercial failure. He was also reportedly angry that the film's several Oscar nominations did not include one for Best Picture.

Grandfather of producer Vanessa Wanger, fiancée of independent producer Ted Hope.

During World War I he was a fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force, and saw combat in France.

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