Brown, David 1916–

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Brown, David 1916–


Born July 28, 1916, in New York, NY; son of Edward Fisher and Lillian (maiden name, Baren) Brown; married Liberty LeGacy, April 15, 1940 (divorced, 1951); married Wayne Clark, May 25, 1951 (divorced, 1957); married Helen Gurley (an author and editor), September 25, 1959; children: (first marriage) Bruce LeGacy. Education: Stanford University, A.B., 1936; Columbia University, M.S., 1937.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. OfficeManhattan Project, 1775 Broadway, Suite 410, New York, NY 10019.

Career: Film producer, writer, and journalist. Partner with Richard D. Zanuck. San Francisco News, apprentice; Wall Street Journal, apprentice, 1936; Fairchild Publications, night editor and assistant drama critic,1937–39; Milk Research Council, editorial director, 1939–40; Street & Smith Publications, associate editor, 1940–43; Liberty Magazine, associate editor, executive editor, and editor-in-chief, 1943–49; American Medical Association, editorial director, national campaign, 1949; Cosmopolitan, magazine, associate editor and managing editor, 1949–52; managing editor, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, story editor, and head of scenario department, 1952–56; Twentieth Century-Fox, studio executive committee, producer, executive story editor, and head of scenario department, 1956–60; New American Library of World Literature, Inc., editorial vice-president, 1963–64; Twentieth Century-Fox, vice-president and director of story operation, 1964–69, and executive vice-president of creative operations, 1969–70; Warner Bros., executive vice-president, 1970–72; Zanuck/Brown Company, Universal Pictures, partner and director, 1972–80; Twentieth Century-Fox, producer, 1980–83; Warner Bros., producer, 1983–; Manhattan Project Ltd., president, 1987–; Island World, president, 1990–92. Benjamin Franklin Magazine, final judge for best short story, 1955–58. Military service: U.S. Army, 1943–45, Quartermaster Corps and Military Intelligence; became first lieutenant.

Member: American Film Institute (trustee, member of executive committee, 1972–80), Commission on Film, Museum of Modern Art (trustee on film, New York City), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Producer's Guild of America, The Century Club, Players Club, Overseas Press Club, Dutch Treat, National Press Club, New York Friar's Club.

Awards, Honors: National Association of Theatre Owners of America, Producer of the Year, 1974 and 1985; Academy Award, best picture, 1974, for The Sting; Academy Award nomination (with Richard D. Zanuck), best picture, 1975, for Jaws; Academy Award nomination (with Richard D. Zanuck), best picture, 1982, for The Verdict; Academy Award (with Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck), best picture, Wise Owl Award second place (with Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck), television and theatrical film fiction, Retirement Research Foundation, 1990, both for Driving Miss Daisy; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (also known as Academy Award of Merit), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1991; Academy Award nomination (with Rob Reiner and Andrew Scheinman), best picture, 1993, for A Few Good Men; Film Award nomination (with Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler, and Robert Altman), best film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Independent Spirit Award (with Tolkin and Wechsler), best feature film, 1993, both for The Player; David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, 1993; Gotham Producer Award, Independent Features Project, 1993; Wise Owl Award (with Sophie Hurst, David Manson, and Bonnie Pale), television and theatrical film fiction, Retirement Research Foundation, 1995, for The Cemetery Club; Hollywood Discovery Award, outstanding achievement in producing, Hollywood Film Festival, 1998; Evelyn F. Burkey Award, Writers Guild of America East, 1999; ShoWest Award (with Richard D. Zanuck), producer of the year, ShoWest Convention, 2001; Academy Award nomination (with Kit Golden and Leslie Holleran), best picture, 2001, for Chocolat.


Film Work:

Producer, The Sting, Universal, 1973.

Executive producer, SSSSSSS (also known as SSSSnake), Universal, 1973.

Producer, The Sugarland Express, Universal, 1974.

Executive producer, The Black Windmill, Universal, 1974.

Producer, Willie Dynamite, Universal, 1974.

Producer, The Girl from Petrovka, Universal, 1974.

Producer, Jaws, Universal, 1975.

Executive producer, The Eiger Sanction, Universal, 1975.

Producer, MacArthur, Universal, 1977.

Producer, Jaws 2, Universal, 1978.

Producer, The Island, Universal, 1980.

Producer, The Verdict, Warner Bros., 1982.

Assistant director, The Killing Fields, Warner Bros., 1984.

Producer, Neighbors, Warner Bros., 1985.

Production manager, Defence of the Realm, Warner Bros., 1985.

Producer, Cocoon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Producer, Target, Warner Bros., 1985.

Producer, Cocoon: The Return, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988.

Executive producer, Driving Miss Daisy, Warner Bros., 1989.

Associate producer, Hear My Song, Miramax, 1991.

Producer, The Player, Fine Line, 1992.

Producer, A Few Good Men, Columbia, 1992.

Coproducer, Rich in Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992.

Executive producer, Watch It, Skouras, 1993.

Producer, The Cemetery Club (also known as Looking for a Live One), Buena Vista, 1993.

Producer, Canadian Bacon, Gramercy Pictures, 1994.

Producer, Kiss the Girls, Paramount, 1997.

Producer, The Saint, Paramount, 1997.

Producer, Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998.

Producer, Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999.

Producer, Chocolat, Miramax, 2000.

Producer, Along Came a Spider (also known as Im netz der spinne and Le masque de l'araignee), Paramount, 2000.

Producer, The Ninth Man, DreamWorks, 2005.

The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman (documentary; also known as The Last Mogul), ThinkFilm, 2005.

Producer, Peace Like a River, Warner Bros., 2006.

Film Appearances:

Himself, The Making of Steve Spielberg's "Jaws" (documentary), Universal Home Video, 1995.

Himself, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (documentary), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1997.

(Uncredited) Man in photo, Chocolat, Miramax, 2000.

Himself, The Making of "Jaws 2" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

(Uncredited) Himself, John Williams: The Music of "Jaws 2" (documentary short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "Along Came a Spider" (documentary short), Paramount, 2001.

Final Cut: The Making of "Heaven's Gate" and the Unmaking of a Studio, Trio, 2004.

Himself, The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman (documentary; also known as The Last Mogul), ThinkFilm, 2005.

Himself, The Shark Is Still Working (documentary), 2006.

Television Executive Producer; Miniseries:

A Season in Purgatory, CBS, 1996.

Television Producer; Movies:

Women and Men (also known as Women and Men: Stories of Seduction, The Art of Seduction, and Women & Men 2), HBO, 1990.

Women and Men II (also known as Women and Men II: In Love There Are No Rules), HBO, 1991.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Framed, 2002.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Barrington, CBS, 1987.

Television Work; Pilots:

Stage producer, Tru, PBS, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1991.

20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years, AMC, 1997.

Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults, AMC, 1997.

20th Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years, AMC, 2000.

What is a Producer?, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Raquel Welch, Lifetime, 2001.

(Uncredited) Himself, Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (documentary), AMC, 2001.

Himself, Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (documentary), AMC, 2001.

Making the Connection: Untold Stories of The French Connection (documentary), Fox Movie Channel, 2001.

"M∗A∗S∗H," History Vs. Hollywood (documentary), History Channel, 2001.

Hello, He Lied & Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches (documentary; also known as Hello, He Lied), AMC, 2002.

Guilty Pleasures: The Dominick Dunne Story, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

American Cinema, PBS, 1995.

Himself, "Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker," A&E Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995.

"Gentleman's Agreement," Backstory, AMC, 1999.

At Home With …, HGTV, 1999.

Himself, "Jaws," The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Stage Producer:

Tru, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1989–90.

A Few Good Men, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1989–91.

The Cemetery Club, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Sweet Smell of Success, Chicago, IL, 2001, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Also produced Vanilla, London.



(Editor) I Can Tell It Now, Dutton, 1964.

(Editor with W. Richard Bruner) How I Got That Story, Dutton, 1967.

Brown's Guide to Growing Gray, Delacorte, 1987, revised and published as The Rest of Your Life is the Best of Your Life: David Brown's Guide to Growing Gray Disgracefully, Barricade Books, 1991.

Let Me Entertain You, Morrow, 1990.

Contributor to books, including Journalists in Action, Channel Press, 1963, and periodicals, including American Magazine, Collier's, Harper's, Readers Digest, American Mercury, The Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review of Literature, The New Yorker, and Cosmopolitan.



Contemporary Authors, Volumes 13-16, first revision, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1975.


Publishers Weekly, October 16, 1995, p. 17.

Brown, David (Clifford)

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Brown, David (Clifford)

Brown, David (Clifford) English musicologist; b. Gravesend, July 8, 1929. He studied at the Univ. of Sheffield (B.A., 1951; B.Mus., 1952); then was music librarian at the Univ. of London Library, Senate House (1959–62). In 1962 he was appointed a lecturer at the Univ. of Southampton; was prof, of musicology there from 1983 to 1989. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1971 by the Univ. of Southampton for his book Thomas Weelkes: A Biographical and Critical Study (London, 1969). He also wrote John Wilbye (London, 1974) and then specialized in Russian music; publ. Mikhail Glinka (London, 1974) and an extended four-vol. biography of Tchaikovsky (1978–91), the merits of which are marred by an easy acceptance of the questionable theory that Tchaikovsky committed suicide. Later he publ. Tchaikovsky Remembered (London and Boston, 1993). He contributed articles on Russian music to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Brown, David (Clifford)

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Brown, David (Clifford) (b Gravesend, 1929). Eng. writer and scholar. Schoolteacher 1954–9, mus. librarian London Univ. 1959–62. On staff Southampton Univ. 1962–89 (prof. of musicology from 1983). Author of 4-vol. biog. of Tchaikovsky (Vol.I 1978, II 1982, III 1986, IV 1991) and biographies of Glinka (1974), Wilbye (1974), and Weelkes (1969).

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