Darryl (Francis) Zanuck Biography (1902-1979)

Full name, Darryl Francis Zanuck; born September 5, 1902, in Wahoo, NE; diedof pneumonia, December 22, 1979, in Palm Springs, CA; son of Frank (a hotel clerk) and Liouse (Torpin) Zanuck; married Virginia Fox, January 12, 1924 (divorced); children: Darrylin, Susan Marie, Richard Darryl (a film producer). Career: Producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. Warner Bros., scriptwriter, 1923-33, studio manager, 1928, executive, 1929, executive in chargeof production, 1931; Twentieth Century Films, founder (with Joseph Schenck),1933 (Twentieth Century Films absorbed Fox Films in 1934 to form Twentieth Century-Fox); Twentieth Century-Fox, president in charge of production, 1934-56; independent producer, 1956-62; Twentieth Century-Fox, president, 1962-69, then chairman and chief operating officer, 1969-71. Also wrote pulp fiction and worked as a steelworker, laborer, garment factory foreman, drugstore clerk,and professional boxer. Military service: Nebraska National Guard; U.S. Army, fought in Europe during World War I. Awards, Honors: AcademyAwards, best picture, 1941, for How Green Was My Valley, 1947, for Gentleman's Agreement, and 1950, for All about Eve; Academy Awardnominations, best picture, 1930 (with Jack L. Warner), for Disraeli, 1933, for 42nd Street, 1934 (with William Goetz and Raymond Griffiths),for The House of Rothchild, 1935, for Les Miserables, 1937 (with Kenneth MacGowan), for In Old Chicago, 1938 (with Harry Joe Brown),for Alexander's Ragtime Band, 1940 (with Nunnally Johnson), for The Grapes of Wrath, 1944, for Wilson, 1946, for The Razor's Edge, 1949, for Twelve O'Clock High, and 1961, for The Longest Day; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1937, 1944, and 1950; Cecil B. De Mille Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 1954; French Legion of Honor.

Producer, director, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
September 5, 1902
Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
Death Details
December 22, 1979
Palm Springs, California, United States

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