Samuel Goldwyn Biography (1882?-1974)



Original name, Shmuel (some sources spell name Schmuel) Gelbfisz; name changed to Samuel Goldfish, then to Samuel Goldwyn; born in 1882 (some sources sayin 1879), in Warsaw, Poland; immigrated to the United States, 1896 (some sources say 1898); became naturalized citizen, 1902; died January 31, 1974, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Abraham and Hannah Gelbfisz, surname changed to Goldfish; married Blanche Lasky, May 8, 1910 (divorced, September 23, 1915); marriedFrances Howard, April 23, 1925; children: Samuel, Jr. Career: Producer, film presenter, and studio founder and executive. Jesse Lasky Feature Photoplay Company, organizer, 1913; Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, organizer, 1916; Eminent Authors Pictures, Inc., organizer, 1919; United Artists Corporation, director, ending in 1940; Goldwyn Distributing Company, founder; Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc., chair of the board of directors; Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., organizer; Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, organizer; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, founder (with Louis B. Mayer and others). Awards, Honors: Academy Award, best picture, 1946, for The Best Years of Our Lives; Irving Thalberg Memorial Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1946; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1957; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1971; Cecil B. DeMille Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 1973; elected posthumously to the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame. Academy Award nominations, best picture, 1931(with Merritt Hulburd), for Arrowsmith, 1936 (with Merritt Hulburd), for Dodsworth, 1937, for Dead End, 1939, for Wuthering Heights, 1941, for The Little Foxes, 1942, for The Pride of the Yankees, and 1947, for The Bishop's Wife..

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Producer, Film presenter, Studio founder, Studio executive
Birth Details
1882?
Warsaw, Poland
Death Details
January 31, 1974
Los Angeles, California, United States

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