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|Born||Harold G. Rosson
April 6, 1895
New York City, New York
|Died||September 6, 1988
Palm Beach, Florida
Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, A.S.C. (April 6, 1895 – September 6, 1988) was an American cinematographer during the early and classical Hollywood cinema. He is best known for his work on the 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz.
Harold Rosson began his film career in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. He became the assistant to Irvin Willat at the Mark Dintenfass Studios. In 1912 he divided his time as an office boy in a stockbrokers firm and as and assistant, extra, and handyman at the Famous Players Studio in New York.
In December 1914, Rosson moved to California and joined Metro Pictures. During World War I, he served in the United States Army. After his demobilization, he went to work on the Marion Davies film The Dark Star. He was offered a contract with the Davies Company. In 1920 he was signed by Mary Pickford working primarily with her brother Jack Pickford.
He was married to actress Jean Harlow from 1933 to 1934. His sister Helene Rosson (1897-1985) was an actress, his brother Richard (1893-1953) was an actor/director who played the romantic lead in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914), and brother Arthur (1886-1960) was a film director.
Harold Rosson was nominated for five Academy Awards: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Boom Town (1940), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Bad Seed (1956). He was awarded an Honorary Oscar for the color cinematography of the 1936 David O. Selznick production The Garden of Allah. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA.
- The Ghost Goes West (1935)
- Maltin, Leonard (1978). The Art of the Cinematographer: A Survey and Interviews with Five Masters. Courier Dover Publications. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-486-23686-5.
- Harold Rosson at the Internet Movie Database
- Harold Rosson at Find a Grave
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