Darryl F. Zanuck
Film producer
Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl Francis Zanuck was an American producer, writer, actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors. He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure.
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Paris brûle-t-il ? enfin en DVD - Le Figaro
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Paul Graetz l'emporte sur son concurrent Darryl Zanuck (à qui l'on doit Le jour le plus long) et, en 1966, une mémorable première mondiale au Palais de Chaillot rassemble les vedettes du film de René Clément (Alain Delon en Chaban-Delmas, Bruno Cremer
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Nom d'un chien - Télérama.fr
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Mais – on la fait courte – c'est finalement à la Warner, sur des scénarios du jeune Darryl Zanuck, qui détestait l'animal qui pourtant le nourrissait, que Rinty deviendra une star. Des vingt-trois films tournés par la bête – muets, jamais on ne l'aura
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'One Day': Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess endure endless platonic love - Philadelphia Inquirer
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... readable best-seller, is that we drop in on the pair every July 15 for a progress report (why this movie is released just three weeks after July 15 is a mystery that will have an old-school Hollywood showman like Darryl Zanuck puking in his grave)
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A Eulogy for Google+ is Premature - TMC Net
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Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946 "Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years."Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company, Lewyt Corp., 1955 "There is no reason for any individual to have a personal computer in
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Failure: Don't take it personal - Log Cabin Democrat
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Marilyn Monroe was dropped in 1947 by 20th Century Fox after one year under contract because production Chief Darryl Zanuck thought she was unattractive. The famous children's author Dr. Seuss's first book was rejected by 27 publishers,
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Ré île fortifiée, de la citadelle de Vauban au mur de l'Atlantique - AFP
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... près d'Ars-en-Ré. Ironie de l'histoire, c'est aussi sur la plage de la Conche des Baleines, où les blockhaus ont carrément dérivé sur la plage que furent tournées en 1961 des scènes du "Jour le plus long" du producteur américain Darryl Zanuck
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MEDIA: NFL Films auteur Ed Sabol has his worthy claim to Fame - Los Angeles Daily News
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If he wants to be (three-time Oscar-winning movie producer) Darryl Zanuck, let him go out to Hollywood," Sabol says in a documentary about himself that has been running on the NFL Network. The truth is that Sabol, who even looked the part of a dashing
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A Century of Celebrity Sportsmen at Santa Barbara Polo Club - JustLuxe.com
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The club, founded in 1911, was frequented by the likes of Spencer Tracy, Will Rogers, Walt Disney and producer Darryl Zanuck in the golden days of Hollywood, with Jayne Mansfield and other bombshells regularly presenting trophies
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10 previziuni total eronate ale experţilor - Adevărul
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Producătorul Darryl Zanuck, câștigător a trei premii Oscar, nu șia putut imagina în 1946 că televiziunea va câștiga popularitate. El a prezis că televizorul nu va fi bine-primit pe piață mai mult de șase luni și că “Oamenii se vor plictisi curând să se
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Park Row - WhatDVD.Net
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He attempted to get Park Row made at 20th Century Fox but when studio head Darryl Zanuck wanted to turn it into a musical, Fuller refused and started his own production company, which allowed him to make it without any creative compromises
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Une blonde à Manhattan - Libération
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Partie d'une côte à l'autre pour cause d'un différent avec l'industrie, et plus précisément avec Darryl Zanuck, elle cherche à trouver un deuxième souffle sur les bords de l'Hudson. Elle y prendra des cours à l'Actor's Studio avec Lee Strasberg
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Detectives who went from the page to the screen - The Island.lk (subscription)
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In 1939 Darryl Zanuck the studio head of Twentieth Century-Fox noticed a fellow guest at a Novieland cocktail party. The guest was British actor Basil Rathbone. Rathbone was tall, lean and had an imperial aristocratic dynamism in his bearing
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L'Eden Roc fait toujours danser la Riviera - Paris Match
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Dans la cabane 509 bis, le producteur Darryl Zanuck tue le temps en jouant aux cartes avec un jeune, beau et très riche prince indien, Ali Khan, sous les yeux de la chroniqueuse mondaine Elsa Maxwell. Quelle fatale attraction réunit cet été-là sous la
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Steven Spielberg retorna a la historia americana y filma la vida de Lincoln - Opinión Bolivia
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Agrega Smyth que el legendario productor Darryl Zanuck vaciló largamente antes de dar luz verde al guión de Lamar Trotti, dada la cantidad de películas en circulación que incorporaban cual comodín al hombre del sombrero de copa (entre otras cosas,
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Literary Depression - BBC News
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Neither Ford nor producer Darryl Zanuck were known as left-wingers. They were quite the opposite. Yet something about what was happening in their country affected them and they decided to make a film out of John Steinbeck's novel of the same name (now,
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Bay Area tours Disney's past - Variety
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Walt Disney was viewed as "a little guy with an animation studio," she recalled, though she did count studio mogul Darryl Zanuck's daughter, Susan, among her schoolmates and friends. Miller never became directly involved in the family business,
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"Zapnijcie pasy, to będzie turbulentna noc" - Plejada.pl
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Gdy usłyszała "hello Bette, tu Darryl Zanuck", gwiazda była przekonana, że ktoś sobie robi z niej żart, bo nie rozpoznała jego głosu (ostatni raz rozmawiała z nim - a właściwie kłóciła się - dziesięć lat wcześniej, i wtedy Zanuck pożegnał ją słowami
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darryl F. Zanuck
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 76
    A long-time cigar smoker, he died of jaw cancer at the age of 77 in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details At his request, the music played at his funeral, attended by many movie stars in Hollywood, was the hummable theme song from The Longest Day, the sole movie into which he had sunk his own money. He is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, near his wife, Virginia Fox in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. Haunted by his part in creating the racist Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927), Zanuck began tackling serious issues, breaking new ground by producing some of Hollywood's most important and controversial films. Long before it was fashionable to do so, Zanuck addressed issues such as racism (Pinky), anti-Semitism (Gentleman's Agreement), poverty (The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road), unfair unionization and destruction of the environment(How Green Was My Valley), and institutionalized mistreatment of the mentally ill (The Snake Pit). After The Snake Pit (1949) was released, thirteen states changed their laws. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, Zanuck earned three Irving G. Thalberg Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; after Zanuck's third win, the rules were changed to limit one Thalberg Award to one person. 20th Century Fox, the studio he co-founded and ran successfully for so many years, screens movies in its Darryl F. Zanuck Theater.
  • 1970
    Age 67
    At the end of 1970, Zanuck hurriedly assembled the board the day before New Year's.
    More Details Hide Details A wounded lion in winter, the father coldly denounced his son's incompetence in front of the entire board and summarily fired him. Richard, stunned and humiliated, flew back to LA on New Year's Day; a studio guard stood watch at his office; it was left to his secretary to tell him he had until six PM to be off the lot. Zanuck remained chairman and appointed underlings to replace his son as president; an outraged Virginia Zanuck rushed to her son's side with her 100,000 shares of stock. Guilty gifts of stock from her faithless husband had made her one of Fox's major shareholders. She signed them over to a group of disgusted shareholders who staged a rebellion at the annual spring meeting that May. Zanuck was ousted from the studio he had founded and commanded for so long. He was the last Hollywood tycoon to fall.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 53
    In 1956, Zanuck withdrew from the studio and left his wife, Virginia Fox, to move to Europe and concentrate on independent producing with a generous contract from Fox that gave him directing and casting control on any projects Fox financed.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually, in his absence, Fox began to fall to pieces thanks to the ballooning budget of Cleopatra (1963), whose entire set built at Pinewood Studios had to be scrapped before shooting even started. Meanwhile, Zanuck picked up a hefty book by Cornelius Ryan called The Longest Day which promised to fulfill Zanuck's dream of making the definitive film of D-Day. Flying back to the States, Zanuck had to convince a Fox board staggering under the still-unfinished Cleopatras $15 million cost to finance what he was sure would be a box-office hit. As indeed it was, despite skeptics that included his son Richard. He seethed at the $8 million ceiling imposed on him, knowing he would have to dip into his own pocket to finish the film, as he soon did. To the all-star all-male cast, he added an unknown French beauty, Irina Demick, as a resistance worker. She had become his mistress after her casting session for the film's only female speaking part. She would be followed by Geneviève Gilles and the French singer Juliette Gréco. Greco, who in fact had her own recording career, published a kiss-and-tell memoir in the French press which Zanuck managed to quash.
  • 1955
    Age 52
    Todd-AO came out in 1955, and after its developer, Mike Todd, died in 1958, Zanuck invested in the process for Fox's most exclusive roadshows.
    More Details Hide Details Although pictures continued to be shot in Cinemascope until 1967, it ironically became relegated to Fox's conventional releases. Nonetheless, the Battle of the Screens seemed to leave Zanuck emotionally exhausted. He began an affair with a young Polish woman, who was actually a guest of his wife, changing her name to Bella Darvi. When he cast Darvi in The Egyptian (1954), she was so mediocre and the script so unsatisfactory, that star Marlon Brando walked off the picture after the first read-through. He agreed to give Fox two other pictures rather than return. Her unintelligible accent helped sink not only the ponderous film, but his long-enduring marriage, and indeed his life at the studio itself.
  • FORTIES
  • 1944
    Age 41
    Zanuck was an early advocate of widescreen projection. One of the first things Zanuck did when he returned to Fox in 1944 was to restart the research on a 50mm film, shelved in the early 1930s as a cost-cutting measure (a larger-sized film in the projector meant higher resolution).
    More Details Hide Details Impressed by a screening in Cinerama, a three-projector widescreen process, unveiled in 1952 that promised to envelop the viewer in a wrap-around image, Zanuck wrote an essay extolling widescreen's virtues, seeing the new formats as a "participatory" form of recreation, rather than mere passive entertainment, such as television. But Cinerama was cumbersome, and used three projectors simultaneously, potentially a hugely expensive investment. Fox, like every other studio had rejected Cinerama when the innovative new process was pitched to them for investment. In retrospect, this looked like a mistake, but nothing could be done. Cinerama was no longer for sale. Zanuck now urged the studio to keep the same principle, but find a more feasible approach. He approved a massive investment into a system that would be called Cinemascope—$10 million in its first year alone. The urgency was increased when an aggressive appliance tycoon and shareholder, Charles Green, began threatening a proxy takeover, claiming the current Fox administration was wasting stockholders money. He attempted to conspire with Zanuck to oust the New York-based President of Fox since 1942, Greek-American Spyros Skouras. Zanuck refused; instead, he and Skouras decided to gamble on Cinemascope to save their jobs, and perhaps, their studio.
    Zanuck returned to Twentieth Century-Fox in 1944. a changed man.
    More Details Hide Details He avoided the studio and instead read books at home, surrounded by his growing family, and caught up on all the films he had missed while overseas in his private screening room. Not until William Goetz, the man Zanuck had left in charge when he went off to war, left for a job at Universal did Zanuck return to take the reins. Zanuck's tenure in the 1940s and 50s resonated with his astute choices. He first personally rescued a cumbersome cut of The Song Of Bernadette (1943), recutting the completed film into a surprise hit that made a star of newcomer Jennifer Jones who won the Oscar. He relented to actor Otto Preminger's fervent wish to direct a modest thriller called Laura (1944), putting Clifton Webb in his Oscar-nominated role as Gene Tierney's controlling mentor, with David Raksin's haunting score.
    Nonetheless, when Col. Zanuck was named in this investigation in 1944, the usually combative mogul uncharacteristically and abruptly resigned his commission and left the Army.
    More Details Hide Details Biographer Leonard Mosley suggests this to be because of an inadvertent security leak when Zanuck had mentioned a top-secret, brand new, massively powerful bomb the size of a "golf ball" to a fellow officer from his Hollywood world. Whatever the reason, despite having published his own first-person account of his wartime adventures (The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther actually liked this book better than the film) he resigned.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 38
    When the U.S. entered World War II at the end of 1941, he was commissioned as a Colonel in the Army Signal Corps, but was frustrated to find himself posted to the Astoria studios in Queens, Long Island and, even worse, serving alongside the spoiled son of Universal's founder, Carl Laemmle Jr., who was chauffeured by limousine to Long Island each morning from a luxury Manhattan hotel.
    More Details Hide Details Appalled by such privileged cosseting, Zanuck stormed down to Washington, D.C. and into the War Department, demanding a riskier assignment from Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall. Since American forces were not yet fighting anywhere, Marshall had Zanuck posted to London as chief U.S. liaison officer to the British Army film unit, where at least he would be studying army training films while under Nazi bombardment by Hitler's Luftwaffe in the still-ongoing Blitz. Zanuck cheerfully endured the bombs, refusing to leave his room at Claridge's for its air-raid shelter during nightly raids and instead hosting 'blitz parties" because he had such a splendid view of anti-aircraft fire from his hotel room, not to mention coveted PX food and drink long missing from Britain's highly rationed shelves. He even persuaded Lord Mountbatten to allow him along on a secret coastal raid across the Channel to occupied France. The daring nighttime attack on a German radar site was a success. Zanuck, ever the showman, sent his wife in Santa Monica a package of "Nazi-occupied sand", writing her "I've been just been swimming on an enemy beach" not allowed, of course, to tell her where he'd been, let alone that they'd been under Nazi gunfire and helped the wounded back to the ship.
  • 1935
    Age 32
    After a dispute with United Artists over stock ownership, Schenck and Zanuck negotiated and bought out the bankrupt Fox studios in 1935 to form Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details Zanuck was Vice President of Production of this new studio and took a hands-on approach, closely involving himself in scripts, film editing and producing.
  • 1933
    Age 30
    In 1933, Zanuck left Warners over a salary dispute with studio head Jack L. Warner.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later, he partnered with Joseph Schenck to form 20th Century Pictures, Inc. with financial help from Joseph's brother Nicholas Schenck and Louis B. Mayer, President and Studio head of Loew's, Inc and its subsidiary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, along with William Goetz and Raymond Griffith. 20th Century released its material through United Artists. During that short time (1933–1935), 20th Century became the most successful independent movie studio of its time, breaking box-office records with 18 of its 19 films, all in profitability, including Clive of India, Les Miserables and The House of Rothschild.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 26
    He moved into management in 1929, and became head of production in 1931.
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  • 1924
    Age 21
    Zanuck then worked for Mack Sennett and FBO (where he wrote the serials The Telephone Girl and The Leather Pushers) and took that experience to Warner Bros, where he wrote stories for Rin Tin Tin and under a number of pseudonyms wrote over forty scripts from 1924 to 1929, including Red Hot Tires (1925) and Old San Francisco (1927).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1922
    Age 19
    Upon returning to the US, he worked in many part-time jobs while seeking work as a writer. He found work producing movie plots, and sold his first story in 1922 to William Russell and his second to Irving Thalberg.
    More Details Hide Details Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas, story editor at Universal Pictures' New York office, stated that one of the stories Zanuck sent out to movie studios around this time was completely plagiarized from another author's work.
  • 1918
    Age 15
    In 1918, despite being sixteen, he deceived a recruiter, joined the United States Army, and served in France with the Nebraska National Guard.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Born on September 5, 1902.
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