David O. Selznick at MGM with photograph of Lewis J. Selznick above. Photograph by Clarence Sinclair Bull.
David O. Selznick (1902-1965) was a motion picture producer who began his career working for his father's production companies. He worked at MGM, Paramount and RKO before returning to MGM where he produced such films as Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), and A Tale of Two Cities (1935).
In 1935 Selznick left MGM and, in partnership with John Hay (Jock) Whitney, formed his first independent film production company, Selznick International Pictures. Movies produced under the SIP aegis include A Star is Born (1937), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), and Gone With the Wind (1939). Selznick was responsible for bringing the Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman, and the British director, Alfred Hitchcock, to Hollywood. Hitchcock directed such movies as Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945), and Notorious (1946) while under contract to Selznick.
The David O. Selznick Collection covers the years from 1904 to 1980 with most of the material dating from the mid 1930s through the mid 1950s. For an overview of the collection, please refer to the finding aid. For more detailed information about box and folder level contents please consult the Selznick database.
Related collections are the John Hay (Jock) Whitney Collection, the Myron Selznick Collection and the Lewis J. Selznick Papers.
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