Fascinated with the fledgling motion picture business, and recognizing a business opportunity with great potential, he joined a film production company. In 1914, he founded World Film Company, a film distribution company in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in the early part of the 20th century.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe soon merged with the Peerless Pictures Studios and the Shubert Brothers, Shubert Pictures Co.
In 1910 in New York City, he opened what he called "the world's largest jewelry store"; however, the business closed within a few months.
About 1896, he married Florence Sachs, and they had four children.
More DetailsHide DetailsHis eldest son, Myron Selznick (1898–1944), would work as a producer and studio executive until establishing a successful talent agency. His second son, David O. Selznick (1902–1965), became a notable Hollywood filmmaker, producing Gone with the Wind (1939). A third son, Howard, chose not to enter the film business.
Selznick was born Lewis Zeleznick in 1870 in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine), and emigrated to the United States at age 18.
More DetailsHide DetailsChanging his name to Selznick, he settled in Pittsburgh and built up a successful jewelry retail business.
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