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Richard Darryl Zanuck (December 13, 1934 – July 13, 2012) was an American film producer. His 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture. Zanuck was also instrumental in launching the careers of directors Tim Burton
Tim Burton
and Steven Spielberg, who described Zanuck as a "director's producer" and "one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession."[2]

Contents

1 Early life and career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 Television 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life and career[edit] Richard Darryl Zanuck was born in Los Angeles, to actress Virginia Fox and Darryl F. Zanuck, then head of production for 20th Century-Fox. While studying at Stanford University, he began his career in the film industry working for the 20th Century Fox story department. In 1959, Zanuck had his first shot at producing with the film Compulsion. In the 1960s, Zanuck became the president of 20th Century Fox. One year of his tenure was chronicled by John Gregory Dunne in The Studio.[3] After failures like 1967's Doctor Dolittle, he was fired by his father and joined Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
as Executive Vice President. In 1972, Zanuck joined with David Brown to form an independent production company called the Zanuck/Brown Company at Universal Pictures. The two men produced a pair of Steven Spielberg's early films, The Sugarland Express
The Sugarland Express
(1974) and Jaws (1975). They subsequently produced such box office hits as Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) before dissolving their partnership in 1988. They were jointly awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1990. He worked with Tim Burton
Tim Burton
six times, producing Burton's adaptation of Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012). He and Burton connected immediately, and Zanuck was Burton's producer of choice.[4] In a May 2012 interview, Zanuck told Variety: "A producer should contribute from the very beginning until the very end, in all aspects. I'm there at the set every day, on every shot. Not that the director, particularly Tim [Burton], needs me, but just in case."[1] Personal life[edit] Zanuck married three times. On January 14, 1958, he married Lili Charlene Gentle (b. March 4, 1940), an actress from Birmingham, Alabama, and second cousin of Tallulah Bankhead. The marriage, which produced two daughters, Virginia Lorraine Zanuck (born 1959) and Janet Beverly Zanuck (born 1960), was dissolved in 1968. On October 26, 1969, Zanuck and his protégé, actress Linda Harrison, together with his friend, producer Sy Bartlett, and Harrison's sister Kay, flew to Las Vegas, where Zanuck married Harrison on a balcony of the Sands Hotel.[5][6][7] The marriage became difficult after Harrison failed to garner the role of the wife in Zanuck's production of Jaws. In mid-1977, as a result of his second wife's entanglement with a 65-year-old "guru", Vincentii Turriziani of the Risen Christ Foundation, and the alleged guru's claims and demands for money from Zanuck, he filed for divorce and was awarded custody of his two sons, Harrison Richard Zanuck (born 1971) and Dean Francis Zanuck (born 1972).[8][9][10] In a 1985 interview, Zanuck said that career problems contributed to his two failed marriages. "Both girls were actresses, and neither one was well established," he said. As head of 20th Century Fox, "It was tough to try to be fair to the project and also try to help them in their careers. If I didn't give them the role, then I had to explain why they weren't right for it. It wasn't the major problem in the marriages, but it was an underlying source of discomfort."[11] On September 23, 1978, Zanuck married his third wife, Lili Fini (born April 2, 1954, Leominster, Massachusetts), a former World Bank employee and Carnation Co. office manager, who helped him raise his sons from his second marriage, and would co-produce some of his most memorable films, including Cocoon (1985), Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989), and Reign of Fire (2002). When the Zanucks won the Best Picture Oscar in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy, Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
was only the second woman in history to have earned an Oscar for Best Picture. In 1998, she directed an episode of the HBO
HBO
miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, titled "We Have Cleared the Tower",[citation needed] and in 2000, Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
co-produced the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony.[12] Death[edit] Richard Zanuck died on July 13, 2012, of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles.[1][13] The Beverly Park
Beverly Park
home he had lived in until his death was sold for $20.1M in July 2012.[14] On February 25, 2014, Twentieth-Century Fox
Twentieth-Century Fox
opened the Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Production Building at its Los Angeles
Los Angeles
studios. "Richard was a true giant of our industry for over five decades," Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said at the dedication ceremony. "He was family, and an integral part of our legacy. We couldn't find a building worthy of him, so we built one."[15][16] The ceremony was attended by Zanuck's widow, Lili Fini Zanuck, his sons, Harrison and Dean, and four of his nine grandchildren, Jack, Darryl, Kyler, and Luke Zanuck.[17] Filmography[edit]

Compulsion (1959) Sanctuary (1961) The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) The Sound of Music (1965) SSSSSSS
SSSSSSS
(1973) Willie Dynamite
Willie Dynamite
(1974) The Sugarland Express
The Sugarland Express
(1974) The Black Windmill (1974) The Girl from Petrovka
The Girl from Petrovka
(1974) The Eiger Sanction (1975) Jaws (1975) MacArthur (1977) Jaws 2
Jaws 2
(1978) The Island (1980) Neighbors (1981) The Verdict
The Verdict
(1982) Cocoon (1985) Target (1985) Cocoon: The Return (1988) Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) Rush (1991) Rich in Love
Rich in Love
(1993) Clean Slate (1994) Wild Bill (1995) Mulholland Falls
Mulholland Falls
(1996) Chain Reaction (1996) Deep Impact (1998) True Crime (1999) Rules of Engagement (2000) Planet of the Apes (2001) Reign of Fire (2002) Road to Perdition
Road to Perdition
(2002) Big Fish
Big Fish
(2003) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Yes Man (2008) Alice in Wonderland (2010) Clash of the Titans (2010) Dark Shadows (2012) Maleficent (2014, posthumous credit) Hidden (2015, posthumous credit)

Television[edit]

Year Production Notes

1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Episode: "Barrington"

1992 Driving Miss Daisy television film

2000 72nd Academy Awards

2004 Dead Lawyers television film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result

2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Television Movie Bessie Won

2011 Golden Globe Award Best Film Alice in Wonderland Nominated

2009 Camerimage Special
Special
Award to the Producer of Visually Outstanding Films

Won

2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Nominated

2007 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Won

2007 Saturn Award Best Horror Film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Won

2005 British Academy Children's Awards Best Film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated

2005 Saturn Award Best Film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated

2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Big Fish Nominated

2004 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Won

2002 Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Road to Perdition Nominated

2002 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Remake or Sequel Planet of the Apes (2001 film) Won

2001 ShoWest Convention, USA Producer of the Year

Won

2000 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special 72nd Academy Awards Nominated

1998 Hollywood Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Producing

Won

1993 Producers Guild of America Award Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures

Won

1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Driving Miss Daisy Nominated

1990 Academy Award Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Won

1990 Academy Award Best Picture Driving Miss Daisy Won

1990 Golden Globe Award Best Picture– Musical or Comedy Driving Miss Daisy Won

1990 National Board of Review
National Board of Review
of Motion Pictures Best Film Driving Miss Daisy Won

1990 Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Driving Miss Daisy Won

1990 Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Driving Miss Daisy Won

1983 Academy Award Best Picture The Verdict Nominated

1976 Academy Award Best Picture Jaws Nominated

References[edit]

^ a b c Chagollan, Steve (July 13, 2012). "Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77". Variety.  ^ Filmmakers, producers remember Richard Zanuck, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times, 13 July 2012 ^ John Gregory Dunne. The Studio, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1969), ISBN 0-375-70008-0 ^ "Telegraph obituary of Richard Zanuck". Telegraph.  ^ The Cumberland News, October 28, 1969, p. 3. ^ The Milwaukee Journal: Show Business, Part II, Monday October 27, 1969, p. 12. ^ Richard Warren Lewis, In Bracken's World Live Beautiful People, Including..., TV Guide, February 14, 1970, p. 28. ^ Stephen M. Silverman, The Fox That Got Away: The Last Days of the Zanuck Dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox (L. Stuart 1988), p. 143. ^ Lakeland Ledger, Tipoff, July 26, 1977, p. 2. ^ The Montreal Gazette, November 18, 1974, p. 28. ^ Bob Thomas. Producing 'Cocoon' was a family affair, The Associated Press, Nashua Telegraph, June 27, 1985, p. 22. ^ "Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
to Produce 72nd Oscar Telecast" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. September 29, 1999. Retrieved July 16, 2008.  ^ "Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77". July 14, 2012.  ^ "L.A. Home of Richard Zanuck Sells for $20.1 Million". November 12, 2012.  ^ Pamela McClintock. Old Hollywood Turns Out for Richard D. Zanuck Building Dedication at Fox The Hollywood Reporter, 26th February 2014 ^ Nikara Johns. 20th Century Fox Dedicates Production Building to Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Variety, 26th February 2014 ^ Dedication of the Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Production Building at the Twentieth Century Fox Studios, Yahoo!Celebrity UK&Ireland, Feb 26, 2014

External links[edit]

Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
on IMDb The Zanucks: Reel Royalty

v t e

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1938) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1939) David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
(1940) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1942) Sidney Franklin (1943) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1944) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1945) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1947) Jerry Wald
Jerry Wald
(1949) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1951) Arthur Freed (1952) Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1953) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1954) Buddy Adler (1957) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1959) Stanley Kramer
Stanley Kramer
(1962) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1964) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1966) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1967) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1968) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1971) Lawrence Weingarten (1974) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1976) Pandro S. Berman
Pandro S. Berman
(1977) Walter Mirisch (1978) Ray Stark (1980) Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1982) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1988) David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(1991) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1992) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1995) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(1997) Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
(1999) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2000) Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis
(2001) John Calley (2009) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(2010)

v t e

Darryl F. Zanuck

Producer

Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
(1927) Tenderloin (1928) The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Three Faces East (1930) The Doorway to Hell
The Doorway to Hell
(1931) Little Caesar (1931) Illicit (1931) The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
(1931) The Man Who Played God (1932) The Rich Are Always with Us
The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932) Doctor X (1932) Life Begins (1932) The Cabin in the Cotton
The Cabin in the Cotton
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
(1932) Parachute Jumper
Parachute Jumper
(1933) 42nd Street (1933) The Working Man' (1933) Ex-Lady
Ex-Lady
(1933) The Bowery (1933) Blood Money (1933) Moulin Rouge (1934) Looking for Trouble
Looking for Trouble
(1934) Born to Be Bad (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) The Mighty Barnum (1934) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Cardinal Richelieu (1935) Call of the Wild (1935) Metropolitan (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Professional Soldier (1935) The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
(1936) It Had to Happen (1936) A Message to Garcia (1936) Under Two Flags (1936) The Road to Glory
The Road to Glory
(1936) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Pigskin Parade
Pigskin Parade
(1936) Seventh Heaven (1937) Slave Ship (1937) Wee Willie Winkie (1937) Wake Up and Live (1937) Thin Ice (1937) Lancer Spy
Lancer Spy
(1937) In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937) Happy Landing (1938) International Settlement (1938) Kentucky Moonshine Always Goodbye
Always Goodbye
(1938) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) Just Around the Corner (1938) Little Miss Broadway
Little Miss Broadway
(1938) My Lucky Star (1938) Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938) Jesse James (1939) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) Wife, Husband and Friend
Wife, Husband and Friend
(1939) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
(1939) Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
(1939) Stanley and Livingstone
Stanley and Livingstone
(1939) The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Swanee River (1939) The Little Princess (1939) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Little Old New York
Little Old New York
(1940) The Man I Married (1940) The Return of Frank James (1940) Brigham Young (1940) Down Argentine Way
Down Argentine Way
(1940) The Mark of Zorro (1940) Hudson's Bay (1941) Tobacco Road (1941) The Great American Broadcast
The Great American Broadcast
(1941) Blood and Sand (1941) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(1941) How Green Was My Valley (1942) Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Sex Hygiene
Sex Hygiene
(Short) (1942) To the Shores of Tripoli
To the Shores of Tripoli
(1942) This Above All (1942) Thunder Birds (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(1944) Wilson (1944) Winged Victory (1944) The Razor's Edge (1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Fury at Furnace Creek
Fury at Furnace Creek
(1948) The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
(1948) Pinky (1949) Twelve O'Clock High
Twelve O'Clock High
(1949) No Way Out (1950) All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950) David and Bathsheba (1951) People Will Talk
People Will Talk
(1951) Viva Zapata!
Viva Zapata!
(1952) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) The Egyptian (1954) The View from Pompey's Head
The View from Pompey's Head
(1955) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) Island in the Sun (1957) The Sun Also Rises (1957) The Roots of Heaven (1958) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960) Sanctuary (1961) The Big Gamble (1961) The Longest Day (1962) The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) The Visit (1964)

Writer

as Mark Canfield

The Desired Woman (1927) (story) Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love
(1930) Baby Face (1933) (story) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960)

as Melville Crossman

Tenderloin (story) (1928) State Street Sadie
State Street Sadie
(story) (1928) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(story) (1935) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(story) (1941) Thunder Birds (original story) (1942) China Girl (story) (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(story) (1944)

as Gregory Rogers

Find Your Man ( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) The Lighthouse by the Sea
The Lighthouse by the Sea
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) Three Weeks in Paris (story, screenplay as Darryl Zanuck) (1925) The Midnight Taxi
The Midnight Taxi
(story) (1928)

as self

A Broadway Butterfly (1925) Red Hot Tires
Red Hot Tires
(1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Caveman
The Caveman
(scenario) (1926) The Little Irish Girl (adaptation) (1926) The Social Highwayman (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (adaptation) (1926) The Better 'Ole (screenplay) (1926) Tracked by the Police
Tracked by the Police
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1927) Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(story) (1927) Good Time Charley
Good Time Charley
(story) (1927) Noah's Ark (story) (1928) My Man (story) (1928) Hardboiled Rose
Hardboiled Rose
(story) (1929) Madonna of Avenue A
Madonna of Avenue A
(story) (1929) Say It with Songs
Say It with Songs
(story) (1929) The Life of the Party (1930) Little Caesar (story – uncredited) (1931) The Dark Horse (story) (1932) Lady Killer (story – uncredited) (1933) Folies Bergère de Paris (contributing writer – uncredited) (1935) G Men
G Men
(story) (1935) This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
(story – uncredited) (1937) Alexander's Ragtime Band (contributing writer – uncredited) (1938) The Great Profile (story – uncredited) (1940) Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Ten Gentlemen from West Point
(1942)

People

Virginia Fox
Virginia Fox
(wife) Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(son) Dean Zanuck (grandson)

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