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Myron Selznick

Myron Selznick (October 5, 1898 – March 23, 1944) was an American film producer and talent agent.

Life and career

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of film executive Lewis J. Selznick and brother of renowned producer David O. Selznick. As a young man, Myron Selznick learned the film production business from his father and worked for his father's film company as a production supervisor.

After his father's company closed in 1925, Myron Selznick worked for other studios, primarily as a production adviser. However, with his industry connections, and aided by his brother's rise to one of the most powerful film producers in Hollywood, he saw a business opportunity and set himself up as a talent agent. Partnered with Frank Coleman Joyce, the brother of actress Alice Joyce, they formed Joyce-Selznick, Ltd., the first Los Angeles talent agency. The agency became so successful that 20th Century Fox wound up banning him from their lot out of a concern that he was inflating too many actors' salaries [1]. Personal problems, nonetheless, plagued Selznick as a result of severe alcoholism that led to his early death at the age of forty-five in Santa Monica, California.

Selznick married Marjorie Daw in 1925 and was divorced from her in 1942.

Additionally, Selznick owned the thoroughbred racehorse Can't Wait which finished third in the 1938 Kentucky Derby.

Myron Selznick is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


External links

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