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Darryl Zanuck

Darryl Zanuck was a key player in the Golden Days of Hollywood. Born in Wahoo, Nebraska, he entered the movie business as a child extra in 1908. He even spent time in the Nebraska National Guard during World War I.

Zanuck joined Warner Brothers in 1923 and by 1928 he became a studio manager. By 1933, he left Warner Brothers to join 20th Century Pictures which later merged with Fox to become 20th Century Fox. By the 1950's Zanuck when television was beginning to compete with films, he adapted the studio to Cinemascope.

Zanuck was no stranger to controversy and produced several films that were cutting edge during their day.

Some of his contributions included:
  • "The Grapes of Wrath"
  • "Tobacco Road"
  • "How Green Was My Valley"
  • "The Snake Pit"
  • "Gentlemen's Agreement"

Academy Award History

  • 1929 to 1930 Nominated Outstanding Production "Disraeli"
  • 1932 to 1933 Nominated Outstanding Production "42nd Street"
  • 1934 Nominated Outstanding Production "The House of Rothschild"
  • 1935 Nominated Outstanding Production "Les Misérables"
  • 1937 Nominated Outstanding Production "In Old Chicago"
  • 1938 Nominated Outstanding Production "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
  • 1940 Nominated Outstanding Production "The Grapes of Wrath"
  • 1941 Won Outstanding Motion Picture "How Green Was My Valley"
  • 1944 Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture "Wilson"
  • 1946 Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture "The Razor's Edge"
  • 1947 Won Outstanding Motion Picture "Gentleman's Agreement"
  • 1949 Nominated Outstanding Motion Picture "Twelve O'Clock High"
  • 1950 Won Outstanding Motion Picture "All About Eve"
  • 1956 Nominated Best Picture "The King and I" ("Darryl F. Zanuck presents" is seen in the opening credits)
  • 1962 Nominated Best Picture "The Longest Day"
Darryl Zanuck made a huge contribution to the film industry and the Saunders County Museum is proud to be able to showcase some of his memorabilia.

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