Irene Mayer Selznick
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|Irene Mayer Selznick|
|Born||Irene Gladys Mayer
April 2, 1907
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||October 10, 1990
New York City, New York
|Spouse(s)||David O. Selznick
|Children||Lewis Jeffrey Selznick (1932-1997)
Daniel Selznick (1936- )
Irene Mayer Selznick (April 2, 1907 - October 10, 1990) was an American theatrical producer.
Life and career
She was an adventurous young girl of considerable intellect who became a lifelong friend of actress Katharine Hepburn. Irene Mayer married David O. Selznick on April 29, 1930. They had two sons, Jeffrey and Daniel Selznick. Her husband came from an extremely dysfunctional, but talented family and he was one of the few men who stimulated her intellect. However, his constant philandering and frequent financial problems as a result of a gambling addiction led to their growing apart, which resulted in her leaving Selznick. Their divorce was finalized in January 1949.
Meanwhile, Irene Selznick moved to New York City where she pursued her love of the theatre. In 1947, she worked with playwright Tennessee Williams and director Elia Kazan and produced her first play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which gave Marlon Brando his break-out role. The play's success brought her a great deal of respect, and she went on to produce four more plays, among them 1955's The Chalk Garden for which she received a Tony Award nomination.
Irene Mayer Selznick died in 1990 at the age of 83 from breast cancer.
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
- Bell, Book and Candle (1950)
- Flight Into Egypt (1952)
- The Chalk Garden (1955)
- The Complaisant Lover (1961)
- Irene Mayer Selznick at the Internet Movie Database
- Irene Mayer Selznick at the Internet Broadway Database
- Irene Mayer Selznick at Find a Grave