One of Hollywood’s most famous and prolific producers, he died at his NYC home after a long illness. He was 93. David Brown was a mythic Hollywood figure. Everyone had a hilarious story about him, but he told stories about himself and the Industry that were even wittier. He was someone I wish I’d known in his prime. Yes, he’d been a studio exec, first at 20th Century Fox and later at Warner Bros. But Brown is best known for producing some of our favorite pics with his longtime partne Dick Zanuck: The Sugarland Express, Jaws, Academy Award-winner The Sting, The Verdict, Cocoon. Brown also produced The Player, A Few Good Men, Deep Impact, Chocolat, and Along Came A Spider. In 1991, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave its top honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, to Brown and Zanuck for being “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production”. Also with Dick, David received the Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. Brown produced for the TV screen and the stage, and had a long career as a journalist and magazine editor (he wrote the cover lines on Cosmopolitan which his wife Helen Gurley Brown top-edited). Among the books he wrote was his showbiz memoir, Let Me Entertain You. He did. He will be missed.
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