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industry people, A to Z
starting at A
starting at G
starting at N
starting at S


This page includes individuals in several categories of movie industry personnel,
such as producers & stunt people & lawyers & writers & agents & studio execs,
who do not fit on Magic Lantern's other such pages:

Cinema Pioneers Page
Directors of The XXth Century Page
Directors of Today Page
Afro-American Film Festival Pages / Filmmakers
Independent & Avant-Garde Filmmakers Pages

Actors & Stars of Yesteryear Pages
Actors & Movie Stars of Today Pages
Afro-American Film Festival Pages / Actors & Actresses

Movie & TV WritersFilm CriticsCinema Historians
Hispanic-American Cinema Page / People

any of whom might be duplicated on
The Hollywood Blacklist Pages
Western Film Festival / Cowboy Stars & Actors
Western Film Festival / Directors

B o o k s

Gaffers, Grips & Best Boys book by Eric Taub  "Gaffers, Grips and Best Boys: From Producer-Director To Gaffer & Computer Special Effects Creator, A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Who Does What In The Making of A Motion Picture" [1987; rev 1995]
by Eric Taub

St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [1/95] for $13.22
St. Martin's Press {mixed formats} [1987] out of print/used
Riding The Hollywood Glacier book by Denny Dormody  "Riding The Hollywood Glacier" [2005] by Denny Dormody
A report of the author's experiences as a 'background' actor on the sets of "The War of The Worlds", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", "Seabiscuit", and Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"; also on indie film shoots and back stage on TV shows like "24", "C.S.I.", "The West Wing", and the last-ever episode of cult-classic "Angel"author's official websiteauthor's IMDb listing
Kindle Edition from AuthorHouse [10/2005] for $9.99
AuthorHouse 9x6 pb [10/2005] for $14.25
"Riding The Hollywood Glacier 2" [2011] by Denny Dormody
Kindle Edition from AuthorHouse [9/2011] for $9.99
AuthorHouse 9x6 pb [9/2011] for $18.95
Hollywood Independents Postwar Talent Takeover book by Denise Mann  
"Hollywood Independents: The Postwar Talent Takeover" [2008]
by Denise Mann

Univ MN Press 8¾x5¾ pb [2/2008] for $25.00
Univ MN Press 9x6 hardcover [2/2008] for $75.00
Guide To Real Jobs In The Film Industry book by Brian Dzyak  "What I Really Want To Do On Set In Hollywood: A Guide To Real Jobs In The Film Industry" [2008] by Brian Dzyak
Lone Eagle 8¾x6 pb [5/2008] for $13.57
Movie Speak book by Tony Bill  "Movie Speak: How To Talk Like You Belong On A Movie Set" [2009]
by Tony Bill

Workman Publng 6¼x4½ pb [1/2009] for $8.95

Tony Bill's credits at IMDb

The Men Who Made Hollywood / Movie Moguls book by Michael Freedland  "The Men Who Made Hollywood: The Lives of The Great Movie Moguls" [2009]
by Michael Freedland

chapters/subjects include Harry Cohn, Sam Goldwyn, Jesse L. Lasky, Louis B. Mayer,
the Warner Brothers, and Adolph Zukor

JR Books Ltd 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2009] out of print/used

Hollywood Snapshots / Forgotten Interviews book by Michael B. Druxman  "Hollywood Snapshots: The Forgotten Interviews" [2017] by Michael B. Druxman  4/2017
Druxman wrote a monthly column in the 1970s and early 1980s for Coronet Magazine, “Yesterday at The Movies”. In researching these works, he interviewed dozens of performers, producers, directors, screenwriters, composers, and other film folk who were a part of Hollywood’s 'Golden Era'. The author’s columns are included here as they originally appeared in the magazine, along with excerpts from the recently-rediscovered interview notes for his books, columns, and stage plays, including many eye-opening comments that never made print. Subjects of the magazine interviews include Claire Trevor, Jack Oakie, Paul Henreid, Ann Miller, John Carradine, Howard Keel, Mary Pickford, Gale Sondergaard, David Janssen, Yvonne DeCarlo, and several members of The Little Rascals/Our Gang films; among the book interview subjects are directors Edward Dmytryk, Herb Ross, George Sidney, George Sherman, Gordon Douglas, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawks, Mervyn LeRoy, Arthur Hiller; composers Jule Styne, Paul Francis Webster, John Green; actors George Burns, Betty Garrett, Dan O’Herlihy, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers — and many others
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [4/2017] for $19.95

People,  A to Z
starting at A {just below}  • •  starting at G  • •  starting at N  • •  starting at S

"You could name the great stars of the silent screen who were finished; the great directors gone; the great title writers who were washed up.
But remember this, as long as you live: the producers didn't lose a man. They all made the switch. That's where the great talent is."
writer-director Ernst Lubitsch [1892-1947]

"An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer."
— Fred Allen [1894-1956]

TV executive Roger Ailes [b. 1940]
Fox News chairman, 1996-2016
IMDb listing [1968-2012]Wikipedia

"The Selling of The President 1968" book [] by Joe McGinniss

"You Are the Message: Secrets of The Master Communicators" book [1988] by Roger Ailes & Jon Kraushar

Announced 1/2017: Annapurna Pictures scooped up a pitch from writer Charles Randolph about the women who brought down Ailes
with accusations of sexual harassment, to be developed by independent filmmaker Alex Gibney • /tt6471628/

producer-director Irwin Allen [1916-91]
IMDb listing [1950-86]Wikipedia
Irwin Allen News Network fansite [est. 1994]

"Rachel L. Carson's The Sea Around Us" documentary film
[Irwin Allen Prodns/R.K.O. Radio Pictures June 1952]
    Oscar-winning 'The Sea Around Us' 1952 documentary film   hourlong Technicolor™ documentary film; location filming at Great Barrier Reef in Australia and in Alaska & Florida; highlights include a battle between an octopus and a shark • Produced, written & directed by Irwin Allen; based on the book by Rachel Carson [1907-64]; narrated by Theodore von Eltz & Don Forbes; won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Warner Bros. Archive Collection color DVD [11/2010] for $13.85
credits from IMDbmovie page at Irwin Allen fansitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Story of Mankind" [Warner Bros. Nov 1957]
The Story of Mankind movie by Irwin Allen  The frame is a trial of Mankind before the High Judge (Cedric Hardwicke), somewhere in Outer Space, with The Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) defending against prosecutor The Devil (Vincent Price); evidence vignettes are acted by 25 major Hollywood stars • Co-produced & directed by Irwin Allen; adapted by Irwin Allen & Charles Bennett from the 1922 children's book by Henrik Van Loon; featuring Jim Ameche, Francis X. Bushman, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Helmut Dantine, Reginald Gardiner, Dennis Hopper {as Napoleon Bonaparte!}, Edward Everett Horton, Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre, Groucho & Harpo & Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, Marvin Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Franklin Pangborn, Ziva Rodann, Cesar Romero, William Schallert, Marie Wilson & Marie Windsor
Warner Archive color DVD [10/2009] for $21.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Story of Mankind children's book by Henrik Van Loon  "The Story of Mankind" children's book [orig 1922]
by Henrik Willem Van Loon [1882-1944]
- book won the first Newberry Prize
Wilder Publns 9¼x6¼ pb [3/2009] for $9.99
Pocket mass pb [1940] out of print/used
Cosimo Classics 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $31.45
Benediction Classics illustrated 9x6 hardcover [11/2010] for $31.49
book entry at Wikipedia
"Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea" TV series [1964-68]

"Lost In Space" TV series [Fox TV/CBS-TV 1965-68]
The show ran for three seasons, with 83 episodes airing between September 1965 and March 1968; the first season was filmed in black and white, with the
second & third seasons filmed in color. The mechanical Robot B-9 was a regular character; Robby the Robot appeared in two episodes.
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

"The Time Tunnel" TV series [1966-67]

"Land of The Giants" TV series [1968-70]

"The Poseidon Adventure" [1972]

"The Towering Inferno" [1974]

"The Swiss Family Robinson" TV series [1975-76]

"Beyond The Poseidon Adventure" [1979]

"Code Red" TV series [1981-82]

star-studded "Alice In Wonderland" musical TV special
[Irwin Allen/CBS-TV Dec 1985]
'Alice In Wonderland' musical TV special from Irwin Allen  Based on both books, two-part TV movie intended for family viewing. Directed by Harry Harris; teleplay by Paul Zindel; starring Natalie Gregory {as Alice}, Red Buttons {as White Rabbit}, Sherman Hemsley, Donald O'Connor, Charles Dougherty, Shelley Winters, Billy Braver, Scott Baio, Ernie F. Orsatti, Sammy Davis Jr. {as Caterpillar}, Scotch Byerley, Robert Axelrod, Martha Raye {as The Duchess}, Imogene Coca {as The Cook}, Telly Savalas {as The Cheshire Cat}, Anthony Newley {as Mad Hatter}, Roddy McDowall {as March Hare}, Arte Johnson {as Dormouse}, Jayne Meadows {as Queen of Hearts}, Robert Morley, Jim Galante, Selma Archerd, George Savalas, Candace Savalas, Sid Caesar {as The Gryphon}, Ringo Starr {as Mock Turtle}, Steve Allen {wrote the songs}, Ernest Borgnine, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Laura Carlson, Carol Channing, George Gobel, Merv Griffin, Ann Jillian, Harvey Korman, Karl Malden {as Walrus}, Louis Nye {as Carpenter}, Jack Warden & Jonathan Winters {as Humpty Dumpty}
Sony Pictures Home Ent. color DVD [8/2006] for $8.79
Warner Home Video color VHS [10/2001] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

TV journalist Sir David Attenborough

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 12/2012   won Oscar for      won Oscar for      won Oscar for      won Oscar for      won Oscar for      won Oscar for      won Oscar for     
SFX wizard Rick Baker
has received seven Oscars for Best Makeup {out of 12 noms); received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 12/2012.

studio exec & journalist Peter Bart
executive at Paramount Pictures, 1967-75
vp production at M.G.M./Lorimar 1975-89
editor-in-chief at Variety, 1989-2007, columnist 2007-2009
currently independent producer, writer & TV co-host
IMDb listingWikipedia

The Gross, The Hits, The Flops book by Peter Bart  "The Gross: The Hits, The Flops - The Summer That Ate Hollywood" [1999]
by Peter Bart

St. Martin's Griffin 9x6 pb [2/2000] out of print/many used
St. Martin's Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/99] out of print/dozens used
Boffo! by Peter Bart  "Boffo!: How I Learned To Love The Blockbuster & Fear The Bomb" [2006]
by Peter Bart

Miramax Books 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $13.73
Miramax Books 9½x6¾ hardcover [6/2006] for $26.95
Boffo!, Tinseltown's Bombs & Blockbusters from H.B.O.  "Boffo!: Tinseltown's Bombs & Blockbusters" documentary [H.B.O. June 2006]
Directed by Bill Couturié; co-produced & co-written by Bill Couturié & Peter Bart; interviewees include Peter Bogdanovich, George Clooney, Danny DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss, Clint Eastwood, Robert Evans, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Brian Grazer, Peter Guber, Tom Hanks, Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Sherry Lansing, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, John Singleton, Charlize Theron, Nia Vardalos & Richard D. Zanuck • full credits at IMDb
H.B.O. Home Video widescreen color DVD [11/2006] for $9.99
Infamous Players, Movies, The Mob & Sex book by Peter Bart  
"Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, The Mob, (and Sex)" [2011]
by Peter Bart

Weinstein Books hardcover [5/2011] for $15.06

graphic designer Saul Bass [1920-96] /nm0000866/
won Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 1969; created credit & title sequences and ad campaigns for over 60 films

"Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design" [Oct 1997] by Joe Morgenstern
"Saul Bass" [11/2011] by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham /1856697525/
"Why Man Creates" docu (68 Oscar) dir by Saul & Elaine Bass [not video?]

stuntwoman-actress Zoe Bell /nm1057928/

sound man Edward Bernds

"Mr. Bernds Goes To Hollywood: My Early Life and Career In Sound
Recording At Columbia With Frank Capra & Others" [] /9780810836020/

publicist Jay Bernstein [1937-2006]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Starmaker autobiography by Jay Bernstein  "Starmaker: Life As A Hollywood Publicist - With Farrah, The Rat Pack,
and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me" [2011]
by Jay Bernstein, as told to Larry Cortez Hamm, with David Rubini

E.C.W. Press 9x6 pb [10/2011] for $11.51

co-won Oscar for Best Picture for "The Sting" [1973]    producer-director-actor  Tony Bill
browse Tony Bill on DVD: as actor & as director
IMDb listing [since 1963]Wikipedia

photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull  [1876-1979]
worked 40 years at M.G.M. as head of the Still Photography Dept.

Man Who Shot Garbo, Hollywood Photographs book by Terence Pepper & John Kobal  "The Man Who Shot Garbo: The Hollywood Photographs of Clarence Sinclair Bull" [1989]
by Terence Pepper & John Kobal

Nearly 200 portraits of filmstars such as Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Vivian Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor & Spencer Tracy, and 20 years (1921-41) of exclusive studio portraits of Greta Garbo
Schirmer/Mosel Verlag pb [4/96] out of print/used
S&S hardcover [11/89] out of print/many used

producer John Calley

entertainer Eddie Cantor [1892-1964]

Caught Short! book by Eddie Cantor  "Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street" [1929] by Eddie Cantor
Entertainer Cantor lost multi-millions in the 1929 crash, then built up his net worth by writing several books of humorous stories and cartoons of his financial struggles, ghost written by David Freedman. American Mercury Magazine editor H.L. Mencken asserted that Cantor's books did more to pull America out of The Great Depression than all government measures combined.
Kessinger Publng 11x8¼ pb [5/2003] out of print/scarce
Simon & Schuster hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity / The Eddie Cantor Five-Year Plan 1931 book by Eddie Cantor & David Freeman   "Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!: The Eddie Cantor Five-Year Plan" [1931]
by Eddie Cantor & David Freeman

The second of Cantor & Freeman's humorous and uplifting books on The Great Depression
Fraser Publng Co. 7x5 pb [11/92] out of print/used
Simon & Schuster 9x6½ hardcover [1931] out of print/used
"Caught Short!" and "Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!:" in one volume [1969]
Greenwood Press hardcover [1969] out of print/SOLD OUT!

  stuntman & director  Yakima Canutt  [1896-1986]
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listingWikipedia

TR's Yakima Canutt fansite

manager-producer Allan Carr [1937-99]
IMDb listingWikipedia

second A.D. Pamela Cederquist

stunt-double  Martha Crawford {Cantarini}
IMDb listing [1947-58]official homepage

Fall Girl, Western Stunt Double book by Martha Crawford Cantarini & Chrystopher J. Spicer  "Fall Girl: My Life As A Western Stunt Double" [2010]
by Martha Crawford Cantarini & Chrystopher J. Spicer

After being one of the top show riders in America, Martha Crawford became a female stunt rider in the movie industry of the 1950s; during the following decade, she had her own television show in Las Vegas, Nevada with a trained stunt horse, Frosty; she now lives in British Columbia, Canada
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [5/2010] for $31.50

The deMille Clan

playwright & movie director William C. deMille [1878-1955]

won Honorary Oscar in 1950  won Best Picture Oscar for "The Greatest Show On Earth" [1952]   won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1953    Magic Lantern's
producer-director Cecil B. DeMille [1881-1959] Page

dancer Agnes de Mille [1905-93]
"No Intermission: The Life of Agnes de Mille" [] by Carol Easton

actress Peggy George [1908-78]

author Richard De Mille [1922-2009]

novelist Nelson DeMille is not related

SFX wizard Linwood G. Dunn [1904-98]

producer Jake Eberts [1941-2012]
Goldcrest Films of U.K., 1977-87
Allied Filmmakers (Pathé), 1986-2012
chairman National Geographic Feature Films, 2002-12

studio exec Michael Eisner
exec at ABC-TV under Barry Diller
president of Paramount, 1976-84?
head of Disney, 1984-2005
founder entertainment investment firm Tornante in 2005
chairman of digital studio Vuguru

book "The Rise and Fall of Michael Eisner" [2004] by Richard Hack

ape expert Peter Elliott

Syd Field's Paradigm

browse all books by Syd Field [1935-2013]

"Going To The Movies: A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film" [Oct 2001] by Syd Field

Screenplay   "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting" [1979 classic]
by Syd Field

Delta 8x6 pb [11/2005] for $10.88
Dell 8x5½ pb [7/84] out of print/used
Fine Commns 8½x5½ hardcover [4/98] out of print/used
Workshop video/DVD  "Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop: Writing A Screenplay
That Sells to Hollywood" [1999]

Final Draft DVD set [9/2006] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Final Draft + Workshop DVD  Workshop DVD with FinalDraft 6.0 software
FinalDraft 7 for MAC & Windows systems [3/2004] out of prodn
FinalDraft 6.0 set had Amazon ranking 646 [10/2003]
FinalDraft 6.0 for MAC & Windows systems [2003] orig $214.99 - out of prodn

makeup SFX wizard Stuart Freeborn [1914-2013] of U.K.
Stuart Freeborn designed Yoda and Chewbacca and others for "Star Wars" and worked on "2001: A Space Odyssey" [1968]
and "Dr. Strangelove" [1964] for Stanley Kubrick.

won Oscar Award in 1930 for "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" [1929]     won Oscar Award in 1935 for "The Merry Widow" [1934]     won Oscar Award in 1941 for "Pride and Prejudice" [1940]     won Oscar Award in 1942 for "Blossoms In The Dust" [1941]     won Oscar Award in 1945 for "Gaslight" [1944]     won Oscar Award in 1947 for "The Yearling" [1946]     won Oscar Award in 1950 for "Little Women" [1949]     won Oscar Award in 1952 for "An American In Paris" [1951]     won Oscar Award in 1953 for "The Bad and The Beautiful" [1952]     won Oscar Award in 1954 for "Julius Caesar" [1953]     won Oscar Award in 1957 for "Somebody Up There Likes Me" [1956]
art director Cedric Gibbons [1893-1960]
won eleven Oscar Awards (1930-57), plus 28 other Oscar nominations (1934-57)
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listing [1,050 films! 1919-56]Wikipedia

nominated for Academy Award for "The Wizard of Oz" [1939]

illustrator H.R. {Hans Rudi} Giger [1940-2014] of Switzerland
most famous for designing the creature for the movie "Alien" [1979]
official websitecredits [1967-2015] at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

"H.R. Giger: Doku" docushort [2012]
watch 8/2012 German-language docushort [28:46] at YouTube

"H.R. Giger" docushort [2012] by James Spike
watch 10/2012 music & English docushort [20:48] at YouTube

"H.R. Giger: Alien" docushort [2013]
watch 9/2013 English-language docushort [33:08] at YouTube

Dark Star / H.R. Giger 2015 documentary  "Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World" documentary [Icarus Films May 2015]
Swiss-German surrealist artist H.R. Giger was the Oscar winner behind the “Alien” xenomorph and the architect of many other nightmares. Written & directed by Belinda Sallin; featuring H.R. Giger, Leslie Barany, Sandra Beretta, Mia Bonzanigo, Tom Gabriel Fischer, Stanislav Grof, Andreas J. Hirsch, Paul Tobler, Carmen Vega, Marco Witzig, and Müggi the Cat
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch 9/2014 official trailer [1:40] at YouTube
watch 12/2014 German-language 'Making of..." docushort [9:51] by Martin Schilt at YouTube

lawyer Jerry Giesler [1886-1962]
"Hollywood Lawyer: The Jerry Giesler Story"

lawyer Milton M. Golden []

Hollywood Lawyer tell-all book by Milton M. Golden  
"Hollywood Lawyer" [1960] by Milton M. Golden
"one of the movie capital's most prominent attorneys reveals
the sensational stories behind his scorching cases"

Signet/N.A.L. mass pb [1962] out of print/used
Signet/N.A.L. mass pb [1960] out of print/used

'Mayor of Hollywood' Johnny Grant  [1923-2008]

won Oscar for Best Sound for "Sayonara" [1957]   won Oscar for Best Sound for "My Fair Lady" [1964]    sound engineer  George R. Groves  [1901-76]
sound recording pioneer and Hollywood's first-ever 'sound man'
won 2 Best Sound Oscars out of 8 nominations

no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listing [1926-70]Wikipedia

SRW's George R. Groves fansite

producer & studio exec Peter Guber
IMDb listingofficial websiteWikipedia

Columbia Pictures, 1968-75
Casablanca Record & Filmworks, 1975-79
founder/chairman/CEO of PolyGram Entertainment, 1979-83
co-founder/partner Guber-Peters Company, 1983-89
chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1989-95
chairman/CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, since 1995
co-owner of the NBA Golden State Warriors basketball team, since July 2010

producer Gene Gutowski [b. 1925]
World War II hero; oft-time producer for fellow Pole Roman Polanski
IMDb listingWikipedia

With Balls and Chutzpah: A Story of Survival book by Gene Gutowski  
"With Balls and Chutzpah: A Story of Survival" memoirs [Poland 2004]
by Gene Gutowski

iUniverse 9x6 pb [8/2007] for $16.81
iUniverse 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2011] for $25.04

"Repulsion" [producer 1965] /tt0059646/ starring Catherine Deneuve
"Passion Flower Hotel" [producer? 1965] /tt0076306/ starring Nastassja Kinski
"Cul-de-sac" [producer 1966] /tt0060268/ starring Donald Pleasence,
"The Fearless Vampire Killers" [producer 1967] /tt0061655/
starring Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate
"The Adventures of Gerard" [writer/producer 1968] /tt0065375/ directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
"Romance of A Horsethief" [producer 1971] /tt0067686/ directed by Abraham Polonsky
"A Day At The Beach" [1972 & 1993] /tt0065616/
"The Pianist" [producer 2002] /tt0253474/
"Doubt: A Parable" stageplay [producer 2007] in Warsaw, Poland

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  won Gordon E. Sawyer Award {Honorary) Oscar in 1992    special effects wizard
Ray Harryhausen [1920-2013]

more details (profile, books, DVDs, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's Ray Harryhausen Page

Ray Harryhausen was the best friend of Ray Bradbury [1920-2012] since the 1930s

Art of Ray Harryhausen book by Ray Harryhausen & Tony Dalton   "The Art of Ray Harryhausen" [2006]
by Ray Harryhausen & Tony Dalton, Foreword by Peter Jackson

Watson-Guptill 11x9½ pb [12/2008] for $19.77
Billboard Books 11½x10 hardcover [4/2006] for $36.50
Ray Harryhausen autobiography   "Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life" [2004]
by Ray Harryhausen & Tony Dalton, Foreward by Ray Bradbury

Billboard Books 11½x10 hardcover [4/2004] for $33.00

won shared Oscar for Best Costume Design, B&W for "The Heiress" [1949]  won shared Oscar for Best Costume Design, Color for "Samson and Delilah" [1949]  won shared Oscar Best Costume Design, B&W for "All About Eve" [1950]  won Oscar for Best Costume Design, B&W for "A Place In The Sun" [1951]  won Oscar for Best Costume Design, B&W for "Roman Holiday" [1953]  won Oscar for Best Costume Design, B&W for "Sabrina" [1954]  won shared Oscar for Best Costume Design, B&W for "The Facts of Life" [1960]  won Oscar for Best Costume Design for "The Sting" [1973]
costume designer Edith Head [1897-1981]
Edith Head won eight Oscars, the most by any woman, out of 35 nominations, 1949-78
IMDb listing [430 entries, 1925-82]Broadway credits [1958-59]Wikipedia

"Edith Head" TV documentary short [1981] /tt0317409/

Edith Head's Hollywood book by Edith Head & Paddy Calistro  "Edith Head's Hollywood" [orig 1973, reissued 2008]
by Edith Head & Paddy Calistro, Foreword by Bette Davis

Angel City Press 9x6 pb [9/2008] for $18.25
Dutton 9x6½ hardcover [10/83] out of print/used
Edith Head, Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer book by Jay Jorgensen   "Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest
Costume Designer" [2010]
by Jay Jorgensen

Running Press 12¼x10¼ hardcover [10/2010] for $43.11

gossip columnist  Hedda Hopper  [1885-1966]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Malice in Wonderland" [1985 TV film] HH portrayed by Jane Alexander
"Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" [1995 TV movie] HH portrayed by Katherine Helmond

Magic Lantern's
studio head  Thomas H. Ince  [1882-1924] Page

Afro-American business leader  Robert L. Johnson
IMDb listingWikipedia

Launched Black Entertainment Television [B.E.T.] in January 1980; sold to Viacom/Paramount for $3 billion in 2003; exited the company in 2005. Besides managing his real estate, banking, insurance, sports, and entertainment holdings, Johnson has been active in promoting Afro-American interaction with the country of Liberia. He owns stakes in the Charlotte, North Carolina Arena facility, the N.B.A. Charlotte Bobcats, and the W.N.B.A. Charlotte Sting. In late 2006, Johnson founded Our Stories Films, a Los Angeles-based film company, in partnership with The Weinstein Company. In April 2012, he completed two cash & stock deals: $22.6 million in cash plus stock for video distributor Image Entertainment [est. 1981; based in California] and $105 million in cash plus stock for DVD/streaming distributor Acorn Media Group [est. 1984; based in Maryland]; the new public company R.L.J. Entertainment, Inc. will be based in Los Angeles.

Image Entertainment, Inc. [est. 1981] the dominant distributor of movies and comedy shows and music videos on the DVD format          Acorn Media [est. 1984] based in Silver Spring, Maryland          N.B.A. Charlotte Bobcats [est. 2004] based in Charlotte, North Carolina

Our Stories Films [est. 2006] in Hollywood, California

producer Joseph P. Kennedy [1888-1969]
IMDb listing [1923-30]Wikipedia
also father of Joe Kennedy, Jr. [1915-44], President John F. Kennedy [1917-63],
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy [1925-68] & Sen. Ted Kennedy [1932-2009]
The Kennedy Clan Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

"The Eagle's Talons" [15-episode Universal serial 1923]
starring Fred Thomson [1890-1928]

"Tom's Gang" [1927 silent Western] starring Tom Tyler

"Queen Kelly" [1929] directed by Erich von Stroheim, starring Gloria Swanson

"The Trespasser" [United Artists 1929] starring Gloria Swanson

"What A Widow!" [United Artists 1930] directed by Allan Dwan, starring Gloria Swanson

producer-agent  Paul Kohner [1902-88]
IMDb listingWikipedia
incidentally: uncle of real-life surfing legend Gidget

mob fixer  Sidney Korshak [1907-96]

"Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became
America's Hidden Power Brokers" [Bloomsbury, 2006] by Gus Russo

Hollywood agent  'Swifty' Lazar  [1907-93]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Swifty: My Life and Good Times" [] by Irving Lazar, Annette Tapert

executive & activist Jerrol LeBaron
IMDb listing • not listed on Wikipedia

InkTip [est. 2000] for screenwriters & producers
Honor In Office [est. 2009]

Fools On The Hill documentary about Jerrol LeBaron & Congress  "Fools On The Hill: The Documentary" [indep June 2011]
Filmed in Los Angeles & Sacramento in California, and in New York, North Dakota & Washington, DC. A record of Hollywood exec Jerrol LeBaron's quixotic quest to require politicians to have read every bill before they vote on it. • Co-produced, written & directed by Jed Rigney; co-produced by & starring Jerrol LeBaron; featuring Dean Cain & Ed Begley Jr.
purchase DVD or download at the official website
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch official trailer [2:57] on YouTube

producer-writer-director  Albert Lewin  [1894-1968]
worked for Sam Goldwyn, King Vidor & Victor Sjöström, then at M.G.M. 1924-37,
and at Paramount from 1937-41; independent 1942-58
browse Albert Lewin on DVDIMDb listing [1923-58]Wikipedia

"Botticelli In Hollywood: The Films of Albert Lewin" [1997]
by Susan Felleman ISBN 0-8057-1625-4

Albert Lewin, Un Esthète à Hollywood biography by Patrick Brion  
"Albert Lewin: Un Esthète à Hollywood" biography [2002]
by Patrick Brion

Durante Editeur French-language hardcover [6/2002]
out of print/scarce at Amazon France

"The Living Idol" [1956 novel] made into 1957 movie
"The Unaltered Cat" [1967 novel] /1125467991/

producer  Val Lewton  [1904-51]
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listingWikipedia

"Icons of Grief: Val Lewton's Home Front Pictures" [7/2005] by Alexander Nemerov

"Shadows In The Dark" documentary [2005 video release]
co-written & directed by Constantine Nasr • credits at IMDb

Val Lewton documentary  Martin Scorsese Presents "Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows"
documentary  [Turner Movie Channel airdate Jan 2008]

Producer Val Lewton [1904-51] made films for R.K.O. Pictures that transcended
the B-movie genres of the day. {Val Lewton entries at Wikipedia and at IMDb}

Co-produced & narrated by Martin Scorsese; written & directed by Kent Jones
Warner Home Video color DVD [2/2008] for $2.87 {sic}
documentary credits at IMDb}
Val Lewton Horror Collection DVD box set  "The Val Lewton Horror Collection" DVD box set [2008]
Warner Home Video DVD [1/2008] 6 disks for $34.83
includes the Kent Jones / Scorsese documentary {above}; "Bedlam" [1946] starring Boris Karloff; "The Body Snatcher" [1945] starring Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi; "Cat People" [1942] directed by Jacques Tourneur; "The Curse of The Cat People" [1944]; "The Ghost Ship" [1943] starring Richard Dix; "I Walked With A Zombie" [1943] directed by Jacques Tourneur; "Isle of The Dead" [1945] starring Boris Karloff; "The Leopard Man" [1943] directed by Jacques Tourneur; "The Seventh Victim" [1943] starring Kim Hunter; and the documentary "Shadows In The Dark" [2005] co-written & directed by Constantine Nasr

Hollywood agent  Ed Limato  [1936-2010]
Ashley-Famous Agency in New York City, 1966-88
partner at International Creative Management, 1988-99
senior VP at William Morris Agency, 1999-2010
IMDb listingWikipedia

special effects wizards  Theodore and Howard Lydecker
Lydecker brothers entry at Wikipedia
1939 Lydecker Hilltop House in Studio City, CA designed & built by the Lydecker brothers

Theodore Lydecker [1908-1990]: credits [1935-79] at IMDb

Howard Lydecker [1911-1969]: credits [1935-70] at IMDb

Legendary Lydecker Brothers book by Jan Alan Henderson  
"The Legendary Lydecker Brothers" [2010]
by Jan Alan Henderson, Foreword by Michael H. Price

CreateSpace 9¾x7 pb [7/2010] for $24.95

multi-talent  Garry Marshall [1934-2016]
Marshall's credits at IMDb show as Actor (83 credits), Writer (38 credits), Director (30 credits), and Producer (29 credits)

producer & studio mogul  Mike Medavoy

Hollywood 'superagent'  Sue Mengers [1932-2011]

won Oscar for Best Picture for "In The Heat of The Knight" [1967]    producer  Walter Mirisch  [b. 1921]
browse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

producer of the four "Magnificent Seven" films, 1960-72
The Mirisch Company [est. 1957] entry at Wikipedia

Making Movies, Not History book by Walter Mirisch  
"I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History" [2008]
by Walter Mirisch

Univ WI Press9x6½ hardcover [2/2008] for $21.86

stunt director  Hal Needham [1931-2013]
IMDb listing [1956-99]Wikipedia

autobiography by Hal Needham  "Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking,
Death-Defying Hollywood Life" [2011] by Hal Needham

Little, Brown 9½x6 hardcover [2/2011] for $17.15

casting director  Wallis 'Wally' Nicita
IMDb listing [1979-99] • no entry at Wikipedia

trial lawyer  Louis Nizer  [1902-94]
IMDb listingWikipedia

producer  Lynda Rosen Obst
Ms. Obst has worked at Casablanca Filmworks (1970s), Geffen Films (1982-86), Hill/Obst (1986-91), and is now based at Sony Pictures.
IMDb listing [since 1983]official websiteWikipedia

"Flashdance" [1983]
"Sleepless In Seattle" [1993]
"Contact" [1997]
"How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" [2003]

"Dirty Dreams: A Novel" [NAL Trade 1990] ISBN 0-453-00731-7

Hello, He Lied   "Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths From The Hollywood Trenches" [1996]
by Lynda Obst

Broadway Books 8¼x5¾ pb [10/97] for $13.91
Little, Brown 9½x6½ hardcover [9/96] out of print/used
TimeWarner audio tape read by author [1/97] out of prodn/used
A.M.C. tv documentary [Jan 2002]
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
Sleepless in Hollywood book by Lynda Obst  "Sleepless In Hollywood: Tales From The New Abnormal In The Movie Business" [2013] by Lynda Obst
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [6/2013] for $11.04
Simon & Schuster 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/2013] for $19.10

gossip columnist  Louella Parsons  [1881-1972]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Malice in Wonderland" [1985 TV film] portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor
"The Cat's Meow" [2001] portrayed by Jennifer Tilly
"The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons"
[2005] by Samantha Barbas /0520242130/

producer & studio head David V. Picker
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About The Movies" [8/2013] by David V. Picker

writer, producer, costume designer, production designer
Polly Platt  [1939-2011]

IMDb listingWikipedia

co-wrote "Targets" [1968] with her then-husband Peter Bogdanovich
production & costume design on "The Last Picture Show" (1971]
production & costume design on "What's Up, Doc? [1972]
production & costume design on "Paper Moon" [1973]
production design on "The Bad News Bears" [1976]
production design on "A Star Is Born" [1976]
screenwriter on "Pretty Baby" [1978]
screenwriter on "Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff" [1979]
production design on "Young Doctors In Love" [1982]
production design on "The Man With Two Brains" [1983]
Oscar-nominated for Best Art Direction on James L. Brooks's "Terms of Endearment" [1983]
exec producer on James L. Brooks's "Broadcast News" [1987]
production design on "The Witches of Eastwick" [1987]
exec producer on James L. Brooks's "The War of The Roses" [1989]
producer on James L. Brooks's "Say Anything" [1989]
producer on James L. Brooks's "I'll Do Anything" [1994]
producer on "Bottle Rocket" [1996]
screenwriter on "A Map of The World" [1999]

Thom Powers
longtime documentary programmer at TIFF; hired 11/2012 at Sundance NOW's Doc Club
IMDb listing • no entry at Wikipedia

won Oscar for Best Picture for "Chariots of Fire" [1981]    producer & studio head  Sir David Puttnam
browse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

"Fast Fade: David Puttnam, Columbia Pictures, and The Battle For Hollywood"
[Delacorte Press 1989] Andrew Yule ISBN 0-440-50177-6

"Mahler" [1974]
"Bugsy Malone" [1976]
"The Duellists" [1977] directed by Ridley Scott
"Midnight Express" [1978]
"Chariots of Fire" [1981]
"Local Hero" [1983]
"The Killing Fields" [1984] directed by Roland Joffé
"The Mission" [1986]
"Memphis Belle" [1990]

Movies and Money book by David Puttnam   "Movies and Money: The Undeclared War Between Europe & America" [1998] by David Puttnam
The struggle between Pathé in France and the capitalists in America (including Thomas Edison) ended after World War I with Hollywood dominant; the struggle continues today, across the various media and markets.
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [1/2000] for $17.00
Knopf 9x6½ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
We Are The People We've Been Waiting For documentary on education   "We Are The People We've Been Waiting For" [New Moon TV, U.K. 2009]
This landmark 90-minute documentary confronts our expectations of what education systems ought to be achieving for our children, by exploring the extent to which young people around the world are being failed by an education system created at the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Exec produced by David Puttnam; directed by Daryl Goodrich; featuring Richard Branson, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Germaine Greer, Sir Ken Robinson & Henry Winkler
FREE DVD available at the official website, shipped worldwide !!
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

producer   Robert E. Relyea  [1930-2013]

"Not So Quiet On The Set: My Life In Movies During Hollywood's Macho Era"
[] by Robert E. Relyea, with Craig Relyea

"Bullitt" [1968] starring Steve McQueen
"The Reivers" [1969] starring Steve McQueen
based on the Pulitzer-winning 1962 novel by William Faulkner [1897-1962]
"Le Mans" [1971] starring Steve McQueen
"Blame It On Rio" [1984]
"Last Action Hero" [1993] starring Arnold S.

Magic Lantern's
studio head  Hal Roach  [1892-1992] Page

Charley Chase [1893-1940] Page
Laurel & Hardy Page
Little Rascals / Our Gang Page
Harold Lloyd [1893-1971] Page
Thelma Todd [1906-35] Page

U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit {at Hal Roach Studios in WWII) Page

Hollywood studio mogul  B.P. Schulberg  [1892-1957]

writer-producer  Budd Schulberg  [1914-2009]
book "The Four Seasons of Success"

megaproducer  Joel Silver
IMDb lists over 100 film & TV productions by Joel Silver, including the Robert Downey, Jr. "Sherlock Holmes"
movies I & II, the "Matrix" trilogy, "Lethal Weapon" 1-5, and "Die Hard" 1 & 2

Announced 6/2012: New 12-film, 5-year distribution (only) deal with Universal Pictures; Silver will move off
of the Warner Bros. Studios lot to temporary offices in West L.A., then find a permanent home.

mogul  Steven Spielberg
Amblin Entertainment
DreamWorks SKG

"Robopocalypse" [DreamWorks SKG - in development]  
Announced 1/2013: Longtime sci-fi project set for Spring 2013 start and April 2014 release is placed on 'indefinite postponement'; script by
Drew Goddard, based on the 2011 novel by Daniel H. Wilson about a machine uprising out to eliminate humanity • latest info at IMDb

comedy news host  Jon Stewart
was host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central from 1999 to 2015.

"Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart" [] by Lisa Rogak
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $25.99 hardcover, 9781250014443

stuntman-actor  Woody Strode  [1914-94]

Hollywood literary agent  H.N. Swanson  [1899-1994]

producer  Christine Vachon
two books
Killer Films of NYC with partner Pamela Koffler

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  Jack Valenti  [1921-2007]
president of the Motion Picture Association of America, 1966-2004
IMDb listingWikipedia

cinéaste  Amos Vogel [1921-2012] of New York City
“If you’re looking for the origins of film culture in America, look no further than Amos Vogel.” — Martin Scorsese
IMDb listingWikipedia

Film As Subversive Art  
"Film As A Subversive Art" [1974 bestseller]
by Amos Vogel

D.A.P. 9x6¼ pb [1/2006] out of print/many used
Littlehampton Book Services 10x7 hardcover [6/74] out of print/used

"Film As A Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16" 56-minute documentary [April 2004] /tt0393288/

The Wachowskis
Andy & Larry Wachowski found fame & fortune in making the "Matrix" trilogy [1999-2003],
then Larry changed persona and became Lana Wachowski
Wachowskis article by Aleksander Hemon in New Yorker Magazine, September 2012

"Cloud Atlas" [Warner Bros. Oct 2012]
Cloud Atlas 2012 movie  released in select North American IMAX theatres on Oct 26; a series of connected stories, from an 1849 ocean voyage to post-apocalyptic Hawaii (the connectedness is symbolized by using the same actors thru time). Written & directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski; based on David Mitchell’s best-selling 2004 novel; starring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Xun Zhou {each in multiple roles}, and Susan Sarandon, James D'Arcy & Ben Whishaw
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb
official movie site {requires fancy browser}

"Jupiter Ascending" [Warner Bros. release 2014?]
Announced 12/2012: The latest feature from Andy & Lana Wachowski will star Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis & Eddie Redmayne

producer Walter Wanger  [1894-1968]

studio head  Lew Wasserman  [1913-2002]

shared Oscar for "Shakespeare In Love" [1998]    Harvey Weinstein
credits at IBDbIMDb listingWikipedia

"Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project” docufilm [2011?] by Barry Avric /tt1615151/

brother/partner Robert 'Bob' Weinstein

co-founders of Miramax Films [est. 1979, sold to Disney 1993, left 2005]
"Reservoir Dogs" [1992]
"The Piano" [1993]
"Pulp Fiction" [1994]
"Shakespeare In Love" [1998]
"Amélie" [2001]
"Frida" [2002]
"The Aviator" [2004]

co-founders of The Weinstein Company [est. 2005]

producer-manager Jerry Weintraub [1937-2015]
credits at IBDbIMDb listingWikipedia

co-founder of 'Not On Our Watch' charity [est. 2009]

"When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories From A Persuasive Man" [April 2010]
memoir by Jerry Weintraub, with Rich Cohen

"His Way” documentary
[H.B.O. Documentary Films March 2011]
"His Way" documentary feature about producer Jerry Weintraub  Written & directed by Douglas McGrath, from personal video, archival footage & interviews with producer Jerry Weintraub, friends, family, co-workers & actors; featuring George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Ellen Barkin, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Andy Garcia & Ralph Macchio
H.B.O. Films color DVD [DUE Nov 2011] for $16.99  
full credits at IMDb

actor-producer Henry Wilcoxon  [1905-84]
acted for Cecil B. DeMille in "Cleopatra" [1934], "The Crusades" [1935], and "The Ten
Commandments" [1956]; he also associate-produced "The Greatest Show On Earth" [1952] and
"The Ten Commandments" [1956] with DeMille
browse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

Lionheart In Hollywood autobiography by Henry Wilcoxon, with Katherine Orrison  
"Lionheart In Hollywood: Life & Times With C.B. DeMille" [1991]
by Henry Wilcoxon, with Katherine Orrison

Scarecrow Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [12/91] for $58.30

studio head  Adolph Zukor  [1873-1976]

"The Public Is Never Wrong: My 50 Years In The Motion Picture Industry" autobiography [1953]

L i n k s
'casting agent' entry at Wikipedia
'matte painting' entry at Wikipedia
sound engineer / 'audio engineering' entry at Wikipedia
SFX / 'special effects' entry at Wikipedia
'studio executive' entry at Wikipedia
'stunt performer' entry at Wikipedia
'talent agent' entry at Wikipedia

Sony Digital's "Face of The Fan" website for actors [est. 11/2010]

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