David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick

Highest Rated: 100% The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Lowest Rated: 0% A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Birthday: May 10, 1902

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Producer extraordinaire David O. Selznick will be forever known as a Hollywood rebel who pushed boundaries and introduced many future stars to movie goers. He was born to silent movie distributor Lewis Selznick, and he added the "O" as an initial because he thought it made him sound more distinguished. He studied at Columbia University and worked at MGM and Paramount during the 1920s to learn the picture business. In 1931, Selznick became the head of production at RKO where he produced a steady stream of outstanding films like "A Bill of Divorcement," which introduced the world to Katharine Hepburn, and the marvelous fantasy "King Kong." He then moved to MGM and produced the Charles Dickens adaptation "David Copperfield" before leaving that company to start his own production house. It was at this point that Selznick spent many years getting the epic drama "Gone with the Wind" to the screen, and his obsessive attention to detail paid off handsomely. Adjusted for inflation, "Gone with the Wind" remains the most lucrative movie ever made. In 1940, Selznick produced the psychological thriller "Rebecca," the first American film for Alfred Hitchcock. After winning two consecutive Best Picture Oscars. Selznick couldn't repeat his success. He settled into promoting the career of his wife, the ethereal Jennifer Jones, including casting her in the western "Duel in the Sun." Selznick passed away at age 63 from a heart attack.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
0% 37% A Farewell to Arms Producer - 1957
No Score Yet 80% Gone to Earth Executive Producer - 1950
99% 93% The Third Man Producer $447K 1949
83% 85% Portrait of Jennie Writer - 1948
83% 47% The Paradine Case Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1947
76% 54% Duel in the Sun Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1946
85% 82% Spellbound Producer - 1945
No Score Yet 75% I'll Be Seeing You Producer - 1944
100% 92% Rebecca Producer - 1940
100% 67% Intermezzo Producer - 1939
No Score Yet 56% Made for Each Other Producer - 1939
91% 92% Gone With the Wind Producer $198.7M 1939
No Score Yet 85% The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Producer - 1938
100% 78% A Star Is Born Producer - 1937
55% 41% Dracula's Daughter Writer - 1936
88% 72% Little Lord Fauntleroy Producer - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanessa, Her Love Story Producer - 1935
93% 84% A Tale of Two Cities Producer - 1935
No Score Yet 41% Reckless Producer - 1935
100% 74% David Copperfield Producer - 1935
60% 50% Viva Villa! Producer - 1934
No Score Yet 11% Our Betters Producer - 1933
90% 75% Dinner at Eight Producer - 1933
80% 69% Dancing Lady Producer - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Devils Producer - 1933
No Score Yet 33% Night Flight Producer - 1933
80% 45% Christopher Strong Producer - 1933
No Score Yet 64% Topaze Producer - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Past of Mary Holmes Executive Producer - 1933
98% 86% King Kong Executive Producer - 1933
60% 56% A Bill of Divorcement Producer - 1932
53% 46% Bird of Paradise Producer - 1932
56% 33% Thirteen Women Producer - 1932
100% 73% The Most Dangerous Game Executive Producer - 1932
100% 55% The Lost Squadron Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sport Parade Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Symphony of Six Million Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold 'Em Jail Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet State's Attorney Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Highway Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet 60% The Animal Kingdom Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Is My Face Red? Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet 66% What Price Hollywood? Executive Producer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chinatown Nights Associate Producer - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spoilers of the West Production Supervisor - 1927

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