Pandro Berman was born inￂﾠPittsburghￂﾠin 1905. His father Henry Berman was general manager ofￂﾠUniversal PicturesￂﾠduringￂﾠHollywood's formative years. Pandro was anￂﾠassistant directorￂﾠduring the 1920s underￂﾠMal St. ClairￂﾠandￂﾠRalph Ince. In 1930, he was hired as aￂﾠfilm editorￂﾠatￂﾠRKO Radio Pictures, then became an assistant producer. When RKO supervising producerￂﾠWilliam LeBaronￂﾠwalked out during production of the ill-fatedￂﾠThe Gay Diplomatￂﾠ(1931), Berman took over his responsibilities, remaining in the post until 1939. TheￂﾠFred Astaire/Ginger Rogersￂﾠmusicals were in production during the Berman regime,ￂﾠKatharine Hepburnￂﾠrose to prominence, and such RKO classics asￂﾠThe Hunchback of Notre DameￂﾠandￂﾠGunga Dinￂﾠ(both 1939) were completed.ￂﾠ Berman left forￂﾠMGMￂﾠin 1940, where he oversaw such productions asￂﾠZiegfeld Girlￂﾠ(1941),ￂﾠNational Velvetￂﾠ(1944),ￂﾠThe Bribeￂﾠ(1949),ￂﾠFather of the Bride(1950),ￂﾠBlackboard Jungleￂﾠ(1955) andￂﾠBUtterfield 8ￂﾠ(1960). He survived several executive shake-ups at MGM and remained there until 1963, then went into independent production, closing out his career with the unsuccessfulￂﾠMoveￂﾠ(1970). Berman was the winner of the 1976ￂﾠIrving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He died of congestive heart failure on July 13, 1996 in his Beverly Hills home, aged 91. Six of his films were nominated forￂﾠAcademy Award for Best Picture:ￂﾠThe Gay Divorceeￂﾠ(1934),ￂﾠAlice AdamsￂﾠandￂﾠTop Hatￂﾠ(both 1935),ￂﾠStage Doorￂﾠ(1937),ￂﾠFather of the Brideￂﾠ(1950), andￂﾠIvanhoeￂﾠ(1952). Text from Wikipedia,ￂﾠunder theￂﾠCreative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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