Vincent Sherman

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Vincent Sherman
Born Abraham Orovitz
(1906-07-16)July 16, 1906
Vienna, Georgia
Died June 18, 2006(2006-06-18) (aged 99)
Los Angeles, California
Years active 1933 - 1983
Spouse(s) Hedda Comorau (1931-1984; her death; 2 children)

Vincent Sherman (July 16, 1906 – June 18, 2006) was an American director, and actor, who worked in Hollywood. His movies include Mr. Skeffington (1944), Nora Prentiss (1947), and The Young Philadelphians (1959).

He began his career as an actor on Broadway and later films. He directed B-movies for Warner Bros. before moving up to A-pictures. He was a good friend of actor Errol Flynn, whom he directed in Adventures of Don Juan (1949). He directed three Joan Crawford movies The Damned Don't Cry! (1950), Harriet Craig (1950), and Goodbye, My Fancy (1951).

Early life[edit]

Sherman was born Abraham Orovitz, to Jewish parents.[1] He was born and grew up in the small town of Vienna, Georgia, where his father was a dry-goods salesman.[2] Not long after graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, he became a professional actor.[3]

Career[edit]

Sherman arrived in New York to sell a play and soon became a stage director and actor. As a stage actor he made his debut in May 1936 in Bitter Stream which also had Frances Bavier, later of Andy Griffith Show fame.[4] He arrived in Hollywood during the early talkie years, where he appeared in William Wyler's 1933 film Counsellor at Law starring John Barrymore. In 1938, Sherman signed on at Warner Bros. as a director. His first film as a director was the 1939 horror film The Return of Doctor X, which starred Humphrey Bogart. The 2006 release of The Return of Doctor X included a director's commentary that Sherman had recorded that year at the age of ninety-nine.

Sherman quickly built a reputation as a rewrite artist – his ability to take any script he was given and turn it into an absolute blockbuster. It was these skills that led him to much bigger and star-studded pictures.[3][5] Sherman was initially known as a "woman's director" during the mid '40's, but he eventually became a well-rounded filmmaker as his career went on.[2]

After a very successful Hollywood film career, Sherman ended his career in television. However, in 2004, he was the oldest of 21 individuals interviewed in the documentary film "Imaginary Witness," a work that chronicled sixty years of film-making that dealt in some way with the Holocaust.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sherman was married to Hedda Comorau from 1931–1984. He had two children with Comorau: a son, Eric Sherman, and a daughter, Hedwin Naimark.[7] He had a number of high-profile affairs during his life, including a three-year relationship with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. In his memoir Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director, he went into detail about his relationship with Crawford, as well as his relationship with Rita Hayworth. During the last nine years of his life, he was in a romantic relationship with Francine York.[7]

Sherman was a good friend of Errol Flynn.[3]

Death[edit]

Sherman died less than a month shy of his 100th birthday, on June 18, 2006, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Director (feature film)[edit]

Year Title
1939 The Return of Doctor X
1940 Saturday's Children
The Man Who Talked Too Much
1941 Flight from Destiny
Underground
All Through the Night
1942 Across the Pacific
1943 The Hard Way
Old Acquaintance
The Present with a Future
1944 In Our Time
Mr. Skeffington
1945 Pillow to Post
1946 Janie Gets Married
1947 Nora Prentiss
The Unfaithful
1948 Adventures of Don Juan
1949 The Hasty Heart
1950 Backfire
The Damned Don't Cry
Harriet Craig
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy
1952 Lone Star
Affair in Trinidad
1957 The Garment Jungle
1958 The Naked Earth
1959 77 Sunset Strip
The Young Philadelphians
1960 Ice Palace
1961 A Fever in the Blood
The Second Time Around
1967 Cervantes

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role
1933 Counsellor at Law Harry Becker
1934 Speed Wings Mickey
Crime of Helen Stanley Karl Williams
One Is Guilty William Malcolm
Hell Bent for Love Johnny Frank
Midnight Alibi Black Mike
Girl in Danger Willie Tolini

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherman, Eric. "Vision of Vincent". industrycentral.net. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Rode, Alan. "In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman". filmmonthly.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Vincent Sherman". movies.amctv.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Internet Broadway Database,(IBDb.com): Vincent Sherman
  5. ^ "Biography". vincentsherman.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ Presskit from Shadowdistribution.com., accessed January 16, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Vincent Sherman". nndb.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 

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