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Pandro S. Berman was born on March 28, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a future movie industry executive Harry M. Berman. By the time he retired in 1970, he had produced over 100 movies, including six Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, and helped develop or revive the careers of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Taylor and Lana Turner.
When he started working in the 1920’s he started as a script clerk and then rose to film editor. By 1931, the 26-year-old Berman was an assistant director at RKO when Selznick took over the floundering studio. Selznick fired many people at RKO, but he saw something in Berman and made him his assistant. Pandro was a success and brought to the screen many stars and great films. He was considered to be the Irving Thalberg of RKO and produced many prestige pictures over the years. In 1940, after a power struggle, he moved to Culver City and MGM where he continued to produce well received movies. He survived many of the purges and finally left MGM for independent work in 1963. His final film was ‘MOVE’ made in 1970. In 1977, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Academy Awards.
Pandro S. Berman died on July 13, 1996. He was 91 years old.
Our 5 Favorite Films from Producer Pandro S Berman
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