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Jerry Wald

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Jerry Wald September 16, 1911 – July 13, 1962 was an American screenwriter and a producer of films and radio programs

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Marriage
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Films as writer
  • 5 Select Filmography as Producer
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Life and careeredit

Born Jerome Irving Wald to a Jewish family1 in Brooklyn, New York, he had a brother and sons who were active in show business He began writing a radio column for the New York Evening Graphic, while studying at New York University This led to him producing several Rambling 'Round Radio Row featurettes for Vitaphone, Warner Brothers' short subject division 1932–33

He wrote and produced numerous films between the 1930s and 1960s, including Stars Over Broadway 1935, The Roaring Twenties 1939, On Your Toes 1939, in collaboration with playwright Lawrence Riley, They Drive by Night 1940, Across the Pacific 1942, The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942, Destination Tokyo 1943, Mildred Pierce 1945, Johnny Belinda 1948, Key Largo 1948, Always Leave Them Laughing 1949, The Glass Menagerie 1950, and Perfect Strangers 19501947 : La Possédée Possessed

Wald and Norman Krasna formed Wald/Krasna Productions to release films through RKO Radio Pictures, including Two Tickets to Broadway 1951, The Blue Veil 1951, Behave Yourself! 1952, The Lusty Men 1952, and Clash by Night 1953 Krasna and Wald dissolved their partnership because of interference from Howard Hughes, then head of RKO, in their productions Wald went on to produce Peyton Place 1957, An Affair to Remember 1957, In Love and War 1958, The Sound and the Fury 1959, Sons and Lovers 1960, Return to Peyton Place 1961, and Wild in the Country 1961

He also produced the Academy Awards telecast twice, the ceremonies for 1957 and 19582 He received four Academy Award nominations as producer of the following nominees for Best Picture: Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda, Peyton Place and Sons and Lovers3 Although he never won a competitive Academy Award, he was awarded the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award in 19494

Wald is often cited as the real-life inspiration for the character Sammy Glick in the novel What Makes Sammy Run by Budd Schulberg

Jerry Wald, was a very close friend to Joan Crawford in the forties, offering her many parts including the title role in Mildred Pierce, which he produced He convinced director Michael Curtiz that she would succeed in the role, which brought her the Oscar for Best Actress in 1946 Jerry Wald not only produced Mildred Pierce, but also Humoresque 1946, considered one of the best performances of Crawford's career, Across the Pacific 1942, The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942, Possessed1947, Flamingo road 1949, The damned don't cry 1950'" After her career at Warner's fizzled out slowly even though she wished to remain with Warner's, after years of reinventing herself, she bought out her contract Afterwards, she bought the rights to a screenplay called Sudden Fear which brought her a third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1953

Jerry Wald remains as a great producer and after the movies he made with Joan Crawford, he kept going made very popular films such as the Eddy Duchin story

Marriageedit

Wald married Constance Emily "Connie" Polan on December 25, 1941; the couple had two sons: Andrew and Robert5

Deathedit

Wald died, aged 50, at his home in Beverly Hills, California from a heart attack His widow, Connie Wald born August 13, 1916 – died November 10, 2012, was a California socialite and hostess; she was survived by her two sons and two grandchildren6

Films as writeredit

  • Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934
  • Gift of Gab 1934
  • Living on Velvet 1935
  • I Live for Love 1935
  • Maybe It's Love 1935
  • Sweet Music 1935
  • In Caliente 1935
  • Broadway Gondolier 1935 - Additional Dialogue
  • Stars Over Broadway 1935
  • Little Big Shot 1935
  • Sweet Music 1935
  • Sons o' Guns 1936
  • Ever Since Eve 1937
  • Sing Me a Love Song 1937
  • Ready, Willing and Able 1937
  • Varsity Show 1937
  • Hard to Get 1938
  • Hollywood Hotel 1938
  • Gold Diggers in Paris 1938
  • Going Places 1938
  • Garden of the Moon 1938
  • Brother Rat 1938
  • The Kid from Kokomo 1939
  • The Roaring Twenties 1939
  • On Your Toes 1939
  • Naughty But Nice 1939
  • Three Cheers for the Irish 1940
  • Brother Rat and a Baby 1940
  • Brother Orchid 1940
  • Torrid Zone 1940
  • They Drive by Night 1940
  • Flight Angels 1940
  • Out of the Fog 1941
  • Navy Blues 1941
  • Million Dollar Baby 1941
  • Manpower 1941
  • The Hard Way 1943
  • Humoresque 1946
  • Possessed 1947
  • My Dream Is Yours 1949
  • The Damned Don't Cry! 1950
  • Peyton Place 1956

Select Filmography as Produceredit

  • Navy Blues 1941
  • George Washington Slept Here 1942
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942
  • All Through the Night 1942
  • Across the Pacific 1942
  • Larceny, Inc 1942
  • Juke Girl 1942
  • Background to Danger 1943
  • The Hard Way 1943
  • Action in the North Atlantic 1943
  • Destination Tokyo 1944
  • The Very Thought of You 1944
  • In Our Time 1944
  • Objective, Burma! 1945
  • Mildred Pierce 1945
  • Pride of the Marines 1945
  • The Unfaithful 1947
  • Dark Passage 1947
  • Humoresque 1947
  • Possessed 1947
  • Key Largo 1948
  • Johnny Belinda 1948
  • To the Victor 1948
  • Flamingo Road 1949
  • Task Force 1949
  • Always Leave Them Laughing 1949
  • The Inspector General 1949
  • One Sunday Afternoon 1949
  • The Adventures of Don Juan 1949
  • John Loves Mary 1949
  • The Damned Don't Cry 1950
  • Caged 1950
  • The Breaking Point 1950
  • Perfect Strangers 1950
  • Young Man with a Horn 1950
  • The Glass Menagerie 1950
  • Storm Warning 1951
  • The Blue Veil 1951
  • Behave Yourself! 1951
  • Clash by Night 1952
  • The Lusty Men 1952
  • Macao 1952
  • Miss Sadie Thompson 1954
  • Queen Bee 1955
  • The Eddy Duchin Story 1956
  • The Harder They Fall 1956
  • Kiss Them for Me 1957
  • Peyton Place 1957
  • An Affair to Remember 1957
  • No Down Payment 1957
  • Mardi Gras 1958
  • The Long, Hot Summer 1958
  • 'In Love and War 1958
  • The Story on Page One 1959
  • Beloved Infidel 1959
  • The Sound and the Fury 1959
  • The Best of Everything 1959
  • Hound-Dog Man 1959
  • Let's Make Love 1960
  • Sons and Lovers 1960
  • Return to Peyton Place 1961
  • Wild in the Country 1961
  • Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1962
  • Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man 1962
  • The Stripper 1963

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Cones, John Motion Picture Biographies: The Hollywood Spin on Historical Figures p 42 ISBN 9781628941166 
  2. ^ Jerry Wald credits at IMDb
  3. ^ Osborne, Robert 1994 65 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards London: Abbeville Press pp 88, 110, 147, and 164 ISBN 1-55859-715-8 
  4. ^ Osborne, p 131
  5. ^ Hollywood Reporter: "Connie Wald, Who Loved Having Hollywood Over for Dinner, Dies at 96" by Mike Barnes 11/17/2012
  6. ^ Connie Wald obituary in The New York Times

External linksedit

  • Jerry Wald on Internet Movie Database
  • Jerry Wald at Find a Grave

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