November 25, 1991 |
A rustic 1920s-era mansion believed to have been built for "Gone With the Wind" producer David O. Selznick burned to the ground Sunday in the tiny San Bernardino Mountains community of Running Springs, where residents mourned the loss of their link to Hollywood's heady early days.
October 25, 1992 |
It is not given to most men to know the manner of their going, but David O. Selznick, who definitely was not most men, knew exactly what would happen after he was gone. "The obituaries will begin, 'David O. Selznick, producer of "Gone With the Wind," died today,' " he groused to associates, "and I'm trying like hell to rewrite them." While most Hollywood producers then and now would be content to be known as the power behind the most popular film ever made, this was not enough for D. O. S.
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December 18, 2009 |
Jennifer Jones, the actress who won an Academy Award for her luminous performance in the 1943 film "The Song of Bernadette" and who was married to two legendary men -- producer David O. Selznick and industrialist and art collector Norton Simon -- has died. She was 90. Jones died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Malibu, according to Leslie C. Denk, a spokeswoman for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Jones had an influential role at the art museum, becoming chairwoman of the Norton Simon Foundation Board after her husband's death in 1993 and overseeing a $3-million renovation of the museum's interior and gardens that was completed in 1999.
January 1, 1989 |
The collaboration of director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick forged such remarkable films as "Rebecca," "Spellbound" and "Notorious." Yet a more unlikely pairing would be difficult to find, even in the movie industry. The deliberate Hitchcock, whom Selznick would call "the slowest director we have had," told Life magazine to characterize him as "a fundamentally lazy man." Selznick, on the other hand, worked excessively, "ruled his studio . . .
January 5, 2011 |
This year, the Producers Guild of America could just rename its annual award show after Scott Rudin. For Rudin's two nominations Tuesday morning, for "The Social Network" and "True Grit," landed the producer in the record books for being the first person nominated by the guild twice in one year. Not only that, his achievement also coincides with the guild's previously planned presentation to Rudin of the esteemed David O. Selznick award. "I find the whole thing rather humbling," said an obviously delighted Rudin, who did have two pictures in the running in 2008, with "No Country for Old Men" and " There Will Be Blood," but since he was an executive producer on "Blood," he was not given the same level of credit.
April 29, 1999 |
Rory Calhoun, the handsome, lanky actor, producer, writer and rancher best remembered for his 1950s Western films and television series "The Texan," died Wednesday. He was 76. Calhoun had been hospitalized for the last 10 days with advanced stages of emphysema and diabetes, said his longtime friend Paul Dean. He worked with screen queens Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return," Betty Grable in "Meet Me After the Show" and Susan Hayward in his longtime favorite film, "With a Song in My Heart."