David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick

Born May 10, 1902

David O. Selznick was an American film producer. He is best known for having produced Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940), and The Third Man (1949), both the former earning him an Oscar for Best Picture.

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1902 Birth Born on May 10, 1902.


1926 24 Years Old In 1926, Selznick moved to Hollywood, and with the help of his father's connections, got a job as an assistant story editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
1928 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928, where he worked until 1931, when he joined RKO as Head of Production. … Read More
1930 28 Years Old In 1930 Selznick married Mayer and after living in a series of rented houses they moved into an estate purchased for them by Mayer’s father and designed by architect Roland Coate in Beverly Hills, California in 1933–1934. They separated in 1945 and divorced in 1948. … Read More


1933 31 Years Old In 1933 he returned to MGM where his father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer, was studio CEO. … Read More
1935 33 Years Old Despite his output of successful movies at MGM, Paramount Pictures, and RKO Pictures, Selznick longed to be an independent producer with his own studio. In 1935 he realized that goal by leasing RKO Culver City Studios & back lot, formed Selznick International Pictures, and distributed his films through United Artists. … Read More
1940 38 Years Old In 1940 he produced his second Best Picture Oscar winner in a row, Rebecca, the first Hollywood production for British director Alfred Hitchcock. … Read More


1944 42 Years Old In 1944, he formed The Selznick Studio and returned to producing pictures with the huge success Since You Went Away, which he also wrote. … Read More
1948 46 Years Old "I stopped making films in 1948 because I was tired," Selznick later wrote. "I had been producing, at the time, for twenty years.Additionally it was crystal clear that the motion-picture business was in for a terrible beating from television and other new forms of entertainment, and I thought it a good time to take stock and to study objectively the obviously changing public tastes.Certainly I had no intention of staying away from production for nine years." … Read More
1949 47 Years Old In 1949 he married actress Jennifer Jones that he discovered early in her career and mentored, and they had one daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954–1976), who committed suicide by jumping from a 20th-floor window in Los Angeles on May 11, 1976. … Read More


1965 63 Years Old Selznick died in 1965 following several heart attacks, and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. … Read More
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