Jerry Schatzberg

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Jerry Schatzberg
Jerrold Schatzberg

(1927-06-26) June 26, 1927 (age 96)

Jerry Schatzberg (born June 26, 1927) is an American photographer and film director.


Schatzberg was born to a Jewish family of furriers and grew up in the Bronx.[1] He photographed for magazines such as Vogue, Esquire and McCalls.[2] He made his debut as a feature film director with 1970's Puzzle of a Downfall Child starring Faye Dunaway.[3] He went on to direct films such as The Panic in Needle Park, which starred Al Pacino in 1971, Scarecrow,[4] which shared the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival,[5] The Seduction of Joe Tynan with Alan Alda and Meryl Streep,[6][7] Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, Misunderstood (based on a novel by Florence Montgomery) starring Gene Hackman, No Small Affair starring Demi Moore, and Street Smart in 1987 which earned Morgan Freeman his first Oscar Nomination.[8][9][10]

He was a member of the jury at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[11]

In 2013, he was developing a Scarecrow sequel with writer Seth Cohen that was not made.[12]

As a still photographer, one of Schatzberg's most famous images was the cover photo of the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, released in 1966.[13] A collection of Schatzberg's images of Dylan was published by Genesis Publications in 2006, titled Thin Wild Mercury.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Schatzberg was divorced in Cd. Juárez, Mexico in 1968 following eleven years of separation from wife Corinne, who had refused to end the marriage after having lived together for five years.[14] The couple had two children. At the time of the divorce, Schatzberg was widely known as Faye Dunaway's fiancé,[14][15] but Dunaway left Schatzberg for actor Marcello Mastroianni in 1968.[16] Schatzberg's marriage to French American actress Maureen Kerwin in 1983 ended in divorce in 1998.



Year Title Director Writer Notes
1970 Puzzle of a Downfall Child Yes Story Story co-written with Adrian Joyce
1971 The Panic in Needle Park Yes No
1973 Scarecrow Yes No
1976 Sweet Revenge Yes No
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Yes No
1980 Honeysuckle Rose Yes No
1984 Misunderstood Yes No
No Small Affair Yes No
1987 Street Smart Yes No
1988 Clinton and Nadine Yes No Made-for-television film
1989 Reunion Yes No
1995 Lumière and Company Partial No Documentary film
2000 The Day the Ponies Come Back Yes Yes Co-written with Bob Cea


Year(s) Title Episode
1992-1993 L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle[17] "Ben Gurion"


  1. ^ Alex Kasriel: Interview Jerry Schatzberg with "THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE", November 27, 2008
  2. ^ a b "In pictures: Dylan on show". BBC News. 2006-07-03.
  3. ^ Cocks, Jay (1971-02-15). "Predictable Embarrassment". TIME. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Nottle, Diane (1973-07-27). "Scarecrow not impressive". Daily Collegian (Penn State). Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  5. ^ "U.S. Film Shares Cannes Prize". Los Angeles Times. 1973-05-26. p. B9. The Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Friday was awarded jointly to the American film "Scarecrow" by Jerry Schatzberg and the British entry "The Hireling" bv Alan Bridges.
  6. ^ Rich, Frank (1979-08-20). "Split Ticket". TIME. Archived from the original on March 25, 2009.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (1979-08-17). "Screen: Alan Alda Writes and Stars in 'Joe Tynan'; Coping With Fame". The New York Times. p. C6.
  8. ^ Cocks, Jay (1971-08-02). "Straight Shooters". TIME. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008.
  9. ^ Greenspun, Roger (1971-07-14). "Screen: Schatzberg's 'The Panic in Needle Park'; Drug Addicts Trapped on Upper West Side Kitty Winn and Pacino Are Ill-Fated Lovers". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Ciment, Michel. "Biography". Jerry Schatzberg's Official Website. Archived from the original on 2007-03-16.
  11. ^ Michael, David (2004-05-13). "Cannes Opens with a Bang". Film Stew. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  12. ^ "Karlovy Vary: Jerry Schatzberg at Work on 'Scarecrow' Sequel". 1 July 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Unimpeachable Film". The New York Sun. 2007-07-27.
  14. ^ a b "Milestones". TIME. 1968-05-17. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Divorced. Jerry Schatzberg, 40, fashion photographer, novice film director and Faye Dunaway's fiancé; by Corinne Schatzberg; on grounds of incompatibility; after 18 years of marriage, two children: in Juárez, Mexico.
  15. ^ Wilson, Jane (1968-03-10). "Faye's Way". Los Angeles Times. p. N18. The door of Faye Dunaway's suite at the Hotel George V in Paris opened slowly and cautiously. I was confronted by a dark-haired man wearing a world-weary expression, a black sweater and a droopy Bolivian bandit's moustache. I guessed that this must be Jerry Schatzberg, 40-year-old fashion photographer and Miss Dunaway's true love of two years' standing. He looks about 30, and was once the hero of an article in the late New York Herald Tribune entitled, The Sweet Life of Jerry Schatzberg.
  16. ^ Dunaway, Faye; Sharkey, Betsy (1997). Looking for Gatsby. Simon and Schuster. pp. 186–187. ISBN 9780671675264.
  17. ^ ""L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle" Ben Gurion (TV Episode 1993) - IMDb". IMDb.

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