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|David O. Selznick|
Selznick, c. 1934
May 10, 1902
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||June 22, 1965
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Other names||Oliver Jeffries|
Irene Mayer Selznick
(m. 1930–1948; divorced)
(m. 1949–1965; his death)
|Children||Lewis Jeffrey Selznick (1932–1997)
Daniel Selznick (born 1936)
Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954–1976)
David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940), both earning him an Academy Award for Best Picture.
David Selznick was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Florence Anna (Sachs) and silent movie producer and distributor Lewis J. Selznick. His parents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and he had four siblings. Selznick added the "O" to distinguish himself from an uncle with the same name.
He studied at Columbia University in New York City and worked as an apprentice for his father until the elder's bankruptcy in 1923. In 1926, Selznick moved to Hollywood, and with the help of his father's connections, got a job as an assistant story editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928, where he worked until 1931, when he joined RKO as Head of Production.
David Selznick's years at RKO were fruitful, and he worked on many films, including A Bill of Divorcement (1932), What Price Hollywood? (1932), Rockabye (1932), Bird of Paradise (1932), Our Betters (1933), and King Kong (1933). While at RKO, he also gave George Cukor his directing break. In 1933 he returned to MGM where his father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer, was studio CEO. Mayer established a second prestige production unit for David, parallel to that of powerful Irving Thalberg, who was in poor health. Selznick's unit output included the all star cast movie Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Anna Karenina (1935), and A Tale of Two Cities (1935).
|Year||Award||Title of work||Result|
|1934||Outstanding Production||Viva Villa!||Nominated|
|1935||Outstanding Production||David Copperfield||Nominated|
|1936||Outstanding Production||A Tale of Two Cities||Nominated|
|1937||Outstanding Production||A Star Is Born||Nominated|
|1939||Outstanding Production||Gone with the Wind||Won|
|1938||Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award||Nominated|
|1939||Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award||Won|
|1944||Best Motion Picture||Since You Went Away||Nominated|
|1945||Best Motion Picture||Spellbound||Nominated|
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