David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick

Born: 10 May 1902












Academy Award winning film producer David O. Selznick was born on this day in 1902.

Selznick began his career as an assistant story editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer but moved to Paramount Pictures in 1928 before becoming Head of Production at RKO in 1931 and worked on the films A Bill of Divorcement (1932), King Kong (1933).

In 1933 he returned to MGM and it was here he produced Viva Villa! (1934) and received his first Best Picture Academy Award nomination. This was followed by a second nomination for David Copperfield (1935) and a third for A Tale of Two Cities (1935).

Although Selznick was enjoying a successful career with firstly RKO and then MGM, he wanted to be an independent producer and in 1935 he formed Selznick International Pictures. His success continued with the films A Star is Born (1937), earning him his fourth Best Picture nomination.

Selznick’s first Best Picture Award was received for Gone with the Wind (1939) which remains to this day the highest grossing film of all time and this was followed by a second Best Picture Award for Rebecca (1940).

After this he closed Selznick International Pictures and took a break from producing but in 1944 he was back with The Selznick Studio and produced two more Best Picture nominated films, Since You Went Away (1944) which he also wrote and the Hitchcock film Spellbound (1945).

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