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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Legendary Hollywood Producer, David Brown, Dead at 93

What a coincidence that on the day before the Oscar nominations are announced, Hollywood loses one of its greatest, all-time producers, David Brown.
(helen gurley brown and david brown)
Four-time Oscar nominee, David Brown, 93, died on Feb. 1, 2010. Working at various times in his life as a magazine writer and theater critic, he finally went to Hollywood as a story editor, seeking a change in his life after a second divorce. He produced four films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture, "Jaws", "The Verdict", "A Few Good Men", and "Chocolat", and two of his other co-productions won the Oscar for Best Picture, "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Sting". Not every producer on a film receives an Oscar nomination, thus in the technical sense, Brown never won an Oscar, though he was a co-producer on "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Sting". Brown is also credited with jump starting the career of Steven Spielberg, as well as putting Elvis Presley in his first movie, "Love Me Tender".
Brown was also a succesful Broadway producer, "Sweet Smell of Success", 2002, and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", 2005, always claiming to love theater more than movies. Despite an incredibly successful career, though, Brown is probably most famous for being the husband of longtime Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown.
(david brown with 3rd wife, helen gurley brown)

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