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David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick

David Oliver Selznick, was an influential Hollywood producer, best know for producing the epic blockbuster Gone With the Wind, (1939) which earned him an Oscar. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of silent movie director Lewis J. Selznick. He studied at Columbia University until his father lost the family fortune, then became a script reader at MGM.

Following Gone With the Wind, Selznick spent the rest of his life trying to top that achievement. His work with Alfred Hitchcock produced Rebecca in 1940, but The Paradine Case in 1947 was a low point of his career. Hitchcock reported feeling stifled by Selznick and did not work with him any further after his contract with him was fulfilled by The Paradine Case. Selznick struggled with his ego and his dwindling influence in Hollywood, gambling extensively.

Seznick bucked heads with director King Vidor over Duel in the Sun, 1946, a vehicle for actress Jennifer Jones, whom Selznick soon married (they stayed married until his death). His last feature, A Farewell to Arms, (1957), received modest reviews.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

David O. Selznick Facts

Birth NameDavid Oliver Selznick
BirthdayMay 10, 1902
BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathJune 22, 1965 (age 63)
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is David O. Selznick compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Animal Kingdom
David Copperfield
Terminal Station
Gangster Movies
Lucky Devils
The Phantom of Crestwood
A Tale of Two Cities
The Age of Consent
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