After retiring from the film business in 1962 he devoted his time to writing children's books with his third wife Leonora Schinasi.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe notably gave aspiring actress Marie Windsor her first screen test, and Constance Ockelman her new name – Veronica Lake. His father the writer and editor of The Theatre magazine Arthur Hornblow Sr. allowed a version of his last name be used by C. S. Forester for the fictional sea captain Horatio Hornblower after meeting writer C. S. Forester at a cocktail party in New York.
As a producer he was nominated for an Academy Award 'Best Picture' Oscar four times, but failed to win.
In 1942 he moved to MGM where he produced several film noir.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn the 1950s, now an independent producer rather that a studio employee, he worked on musicals and other films. Notably Oklahoma, Ruggles of Red Gap and Gaslight.
He married the actress Myrna Loy in 1936. On their divorce in 1942 they threw a lavish party at the Mocambo club.
More DetailsHide DetailsInitially, he specialized in the popular screwball comedies, eventually giving Billy Wilder his first directing job, and producing several films starring Bob Hope. These included The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Ghost Breakers (1940) and Nothing But the Truth (1941).
He was then hired as a production supervisor by Sam Goldwyn at Paramount in 1927.
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