Saturday, July 14, 2012

Notable Passings

...Richard D. Zanuck, the son of legendary Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck and a highly regarded movie producer in his own right, has passed on at the age of 77.

Zanuck suffered a heart attack on Friday.

I will always appreciate that Zanuck, while working at Fox himself, produced the film which may have impacted my life more than any other, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965).

Other films produced by Zanuck included THE STING (1973), JAWS (1975), THE VERDICT (1982), COCOON (1985), and the Best Picture winner DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989). In recent years he has produced a string of successful films with director Tim Burton.

The Los Angeles Times posted an article yesterday titled Richard D. Zanuck: 6 Movies That Changed the World. It's a nice piece, although I'm baffled by the inclusion of BIG FISH (2003).

Turner Classic Movies had previously announced a documentary special on Richard Zanuck, scheduled to air in September. I assume that program will now go forward as a tribute to Zanuck.

Update: Turner Classic Movies has paid tribute to Zanuck with a TCM Remembers montage.

...Maria Cole, the widow of Nat King Cole, died on July 10th at the age of 89.

Mrs. Cole, a singer herself, was the mother of singer Natalie Cole and two other daughters.

Randy Lewis published an appreciation of Maria Cole in the L.A. Times.


Blogger David Lobosco said...

You said you were baffled by Big Fish (2003) on a list about movies that changed the world. I am not sure it changed the world, but it is in my top five favorite movie list of all time

7:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on that film, David! That's interesting that you found it such a special movie.

Best wishes,

7:38 PM  
Blogger Robby Cress said...

Nice tribute Laura. Richard Zanuck really was a great producer. "Sound of Music" is one of my favorites too and I really liked "Cocoon". But even one of his first films, "Compulsion" starring Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, and Orson Welles is one of my all time favorites. It's a beautifully dark and well acted film. I'm surprised though by the list on the LA Times including "Big Fish."

6:52 AM  

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