Darryl F. Zanuck

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Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl Francis Zanuck
BirthplaceWahoo, Nebraska

Zanuck, Darryl F. (Francis)

(1902–79) film executive, producer, screenwriter; born in Wahoo, Nebr. He played a little Indian in a Western film at age eight, and in 1923 he joined Warners as a screenwriter. In 1933 he founded Twentieth Century, which merged with Fox in 1934. He became an independent producer in 1956. Among his films were Little Caesar (1930), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Sound of Music (1965); he won the Thalberg Award three times (1937, 1944, 1950).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Others who have attended NCC events include Marg Helgenberger; Dean Zanuck, the grandson of Nebraska native, Darryl F. Zanuck; Chris Klein; and Suzanne Lloyd, the granddaughter of Nebraskan Harold Lloyd, whose 1923 silent classic, Safety Last, also will screen as part of Cannes Classics' Cinema de la Plage lineup.
Subsequent parade of (mostly) triumphs are credited in part to the patronage of Darryl F. Zanuck, the sole Hollywood executive whose input Ford--however reluctantly--tolerated, even appreciated; their partnership is revealed as key to the likes of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "How Green Was My Valley." The end of Ford's longtime alliance with star Henry Fonda is attributed (by latter's son, Peter) to one irrational outburst by the oft-volatile helmer.
One night at Darryl F. Zanuck's home, she ran into then-married Frank Sinatra, and before the evening had ended, their legendary romance was under way.
When Darryl F. Zanuck began making "Gentleman's Agreement," which went on to win the Oscar in 1947, its indictment of anti-Semitism proved to be such a hot potato that several Jewish studio heads asked Zanuck, a gentile, not to produce it.
Recently, Richard Zanuck, scion of pioneering 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck and production chief at the studio for almost a decade beginning in 1962, sat down with Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman to talk about moviemaking, the corporatization of Hollywood and the increasingly high stakes of the biz.
Touring with bands, she reached Hollywood, where at 16 she was picked to join the Fox stable by Darryl F. Zanuck in 1942.
After a dozen successful Gallic films, Darryl F. Zanuck, the head of 20th Century Fox, brought her to Hollywood in the late 1930s.
Darryl F. Zanuck. Let's face it, profanity is the language of power.
But she is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-nommed role as a black girl passing for white in the controversial 1949 Elia Kazan film "Pinky." The role was sought by Lena Horne and other black actresses, but Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck decided on a white star with box office appeal.
The play concludes with Josefa giving up on her hopeless husband and taking control of her career under the guidance of the man who once fired her, studio head Kramer (Edmond Genest), who may or may not be based on Darryl F. Zanuck and/or Harry Cohn.
The honoree of the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award has gone on to win the Oscar for best picture in nine of the dozen years it's been given, including "Gladiator" last year.