Skip to main content



SELZNICK , U.S. family in the film industry. lewis b. selznick (1872–1933), who was born in Kiev, emigrated to Pittsburgh and started a jewelry business there. Later he moved to New York. In 1910 he joined a film-making company and, becoming general manager, he persuaded the *Shubert brothers, the theatrical producers, to allow him to turn stage shows into films. He thereupon made Trilby, The Boss, and Wildfire, in which actors who later became famous played. Selznick also helped to start the star system. myron selznick (1898–1944), his eldest son, born in Pittsburgh, worked with his father and they formed Select Pictures. During the 1920s the Selznicks controlled a multi-million-dollar business. The family fortune was, however, wiped out in the 1929 crash. Myron then became a press agent in Hollywood. david oliver selznick (1902–1965), Lewis' youngest son, also born in Pittsburgh, became a production assistant on Westerns at mgm studios and rapidly rose to the front rank of Hollywood's producers. He worked for Paramount and later rko, making such films as A Bill of Divorcement, The Animal Kingdom, and King Kong. Returning to mgm as vice president, he produced major successes such as Rebecca (1940), Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Anna Karenina (1948), Duel in the Sun (1947), and Gone with the Wind (1939), then the most expensive and successful film yet made. David Selznick made or discovered many stars and at the height of his career was voted top producer by U.S. exhibitors for ten successive years. His exacting demands, however, led to many disputes with directors and actors, some of whom refused to work with him. Among his later films were The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), A Star is Born (1954), A Tale of Two Cities (1957), and A Farewell to Arms (1957).


Current Biography Yearbook 1965 (1965), 381.

[Ellis Nassour]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Selznick." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . 19 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Selznick." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . (January 19, 2019).

"Selznick." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . Retrieved January 19, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.