David O. Selznick and Vivien Leigh holding her Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
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David O. Selznick W/Vivien Leigh and Oscar.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

The son of a Pittsburgh silent film distributor, David O. Selznick (1902-1965) moved to California in 1926 and became one of Hollywood's most successful producers. Between 1932 and 1948 he produced a string of hits, including A Star Is Born (1937), Gone with the Wind (1939), Spellbound (1945) and Duel in the Sun (1946).

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