David O Selznick

Producer
A creative-minded executive who broke the mold and became one of the first truly successful independent producers, David O. Selznick rose to prominence during a time in American cinema where the early pioneers were ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1902 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Producer (49)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spellbound 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rebecca 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intermezzo 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Young in Heart 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Lord Fauntleroy 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Tale of Two Cities 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anna Karenina 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

David Copperfield 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Meet the Baron 1933 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dancing Lady 1932 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

Topaze 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Bill of Divorcement 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Age of Consent 1931 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What Price Hollywood? 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bird of Paradise (Movie)

(Producer)

Chinatown Nights (Movie)

(Producer)

Girl Crazy (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hold 'em Jail (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lucky Devils (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Made for Each Other (Movie)

(Producer)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

(Producer)

Our Betters (Movie)

(Producer)

Scarlet River (Movie)

(Producer)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

(Producer)

State's Attorney (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Street of Chance (Movie)

(Producer)

Symphony of Six Million (Movie)

(Producer)

The Animal Kingdom (Movie)

(Producer)

The Conquerors (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dance of Life (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Lost Squadron (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Man I Love (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Most Dangerous Game (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Penguin Pool Murder (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thirteen Women (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vanessa, Her Love Story (Movie)

(Producer)

Viva Villa! (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

A creative-minded executive who broke the mold and became one of the first truly successful independent producers, David O. Selznick rose to prominence during a time in American cinema where the early pioneers were being squeezed out by the emerging studio system and replaced by paint-by-the-numbers administrators who saw efficiency and profitability as their main objectives. Selznick had his start working his way up through MGM before becoming a vaunted producer under B.P. Schulberg's Paramount Pictures. He moved on to executive positions at RKO Pictures where he produced a number of films featuring strong female leads like "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932), "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "Little Women" (1933), while also steering the groundbreaking "King Kong" (1933) through production. Back at MGM, he produced quality adaptations of "David Copperfield" (1935) and "Anna Karenina" (1935) before branching out on his own as an independent producer with Selznick International Pictures. Releasing through United Artists, Selznick produced a number of critically successful films while winning back-to-back Best Picture Oscars for "Gone with the Wind" (1939) and "Rebecca" (1940). The former became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time on its way to winning 10 Academy Awards and being recognized as one of the finest movies ever made. After producing Alfred Hitchcock's mesmerizing thriller "Spellbound" (1945), Selznick was forced to liquidate his company before winding down his producing career with just a handful more films. Something of a maverick during his day, Selznick revolutionized the business end of filmmaking by managing to independently make quality motion pictures now considered exemplars of the Golden Age of the studio system.

Relationships

Jennifer Jones Actor

Wife
Married from July 1949 until his death on June 22, 1965

Jennifer Jones

Wife
married from 1949 until his death

Irene Selznick

Wife
daughter of Louis B Mayer mother of Selznick's two sons married in April 1930 divorced in 1948 produced such Broadway shows as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Chalk Garden"

Lewis Selznick

Father
Russian immigrant born in Kiev on May 2, 1870 died on January 25, 1933

Florence Selznick

Mother
born on July 5, 1877 died on March 6, 1959

Mary Selznick

Daughter
born on August 12, 1954 committed suicide on May 11, 1976 mother, Jennifer Jones

Daniel Selznick

Son
born on May 18, 1936 mother, Irene Mayer Selznick

L Selznick

Son
born on August 4, 1932 died on May 12, 1997 of a heart attack mother Irene Mayer Selznick

Myron Selznick

Brother
born on October 5, 1898 died on March 23, 1944

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

1958

President, Selznick Company Inc.

1957

Final feature as producer, the remake of "A Farewell to Arms" starring Jones and Rock Hudson

1954

Debut as TV producer, the live special "Light's Diamond Jubilee", honoring the 60th anniversary of the invention of the electric light

1950

First European co-production, "The Third Man"

1948

Second film with Jones as star, "Portrait of Jennie"

1946

Formed the distribution company, Selznick Releasing Organization

1946

Produced "Duel in the Sun", starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones

1943

Produced "Since You Went Away", featuring future wife Jennifer Jones

1941

Founded Vanguard Films Inc.

1940

Liquidated S.I.P. and formed David O. Selznick Productions

1940

Picked up second Best Picture Oscar for "Rebecca", directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1939

Produced what is arguably his best-known film, "Gone With the Wind"; won Best Picture Academy Award

1939

Brought Ingrid Bergman to Hollywood to star in remake of "Intermezzo"

1937

Under S.I.P. banner, produced "A Star Is Born", "Nothing Sacred" and "The Prisoner of Zenda"

1935

Produced "David Copperfield", "Anna Karenina" and "A Tale of Two Cities"

1935

Joined in partnership with John Hay (Jock) Whitney to form Selznick International Pictures (S.I.P.)

1933

Served as producer on "Dinner at Eight"

1933

Returned to MGM as vice president

1931

Appointed vice president of production, at RKO

1930

Married Irene Mayer, daughter of MGM head Louis B. Mayer

1928

Moved to Paramount as assistant to B.P. Schulberg; stayed until 1931, rising through the ranks to become an associate producer and later temporary production chief

1926

Worked at MGM as assistant story editor, assistant producer and associate producer

Began career working for father

Bonus Trivia

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His archive is housed at the University of Texas.

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