Myron Selznick

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Myron Selznick
Myron Selznick - Jan 1919 MPW.jpg
Selznick in 1919
Born(1898-10-05)October 5, 1898
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 23, 1944(1944-03-23) (aged 45)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
OccupationFilm producer, talent agent
Spouse(s)Marjorie Daw (1925–1942)
Parent(s)Lewis J. Selznick
Florence Sachs
RelativesDavid O. Selznick (brother)

Myron Selznick (October 5, 1898 – March 23, 1944) was an American film producer and talent agent.

Life and career[edit]

Rupert of Hentzau (1923), one of the films produced by Myron Selznick for Selznick Pictures

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Selznick was the son of film executive Lewis J. Selznick and brother of renowned producer David O. Selznick. As a young man, Myron Selznick learned the film production business from his father and worked for his father's film company as a production supervisor.

In December 1918 while his father's publicity was declining, he signed Olive Thomas for $1,000 a week and put the Selznick name up in lights again. As he was still a minor at the time, his mother had to sign the contract on his behalf.[1]

After his father's company closed in 1925, Selznick worked for other studios, primarily as a production adviser. However, with his industry connections, and aided by his brother's rise as one of the most powerful film producers in Hollywood, he saw a business opportunity and set himself up as a talent agent. Partnered with Frank Coleman Joyce, the brother of actress Alice Joyce, they formed Joyce-Selznick, Ltd., the first Los Angeles talent agency.

The agency became so successful that 20th Century Fox wound up banning him from their lot out of a concern that he was inflating too many actors' salaries.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Selznick married Marjorie Daw in 1925; the couple divorced in 1942. He owned the Thoroughbred racehorse "Can't Wait", which finished third in the 1938 Kentucky Derby.


Myron Selznick died in 1944, aged 45, and was buried at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now the Hollywood Forever Cemetery) in Hollywood near the Paramount and R.K.O. studios. The pallbearers at his funeral included Walter Wanger and actor William Powell, who read the funeral oration. Later that year he was disinterred and buried in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, where he was later joined by his brother, David.


  1. ^ Terry Ramsaye (January 1925). "The Romantic History of the Motion Picture". Photoplay. p. 123.
  2. ^ Profile of Myron Selznick Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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