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Clarence Brown
Born Clarence Leon Brown
(1890-05-10)May 10, 1890
Clinton, Massachusetts
Died August 17, 1987(1987-08-17) (aged 97)
Santa Monica, California
Spouse(s) Paul Herndon Pratt(1 daughter)
Ona Wilson
Mona Maris
Alice Joyce
Marian Spies

Clarence Brown (May 10, 1890 – August 17, 1987) was an American film director.

Early life[edit]

Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, to a cotton manufacturer, Brown moved to the South when he was 11. He attended Knoxville High School[1] and the University of Tennessee, both in Knoxville, Tennessee, graduating from the university at the age of 19 with two degrees in engineering. An early fascination in automobiles led Brown to a job with the Stevens-Duryea Company, then to his own Brown Motor Car Company in Alabama. He later abandoned the car dealership after developing an interest in motion pictures around 1913. He was hired by the Peerless Studio at Fort Lee, New Jersey, and became an assistant to the French-born director Maurice Tourneur.


After serving in World War I, Brown was given his first co-directing credit (with Tourneur) for The Great Redeemer (1920). Later that year, he directed a major portion of The Last of the Mohicans after Tourneur was injured in a fall.

Brown moved to Universal in 1924, and then to MGM, where he stayed until the mid-1950s. At MGM he was one of the main directors of their female stars–he directed Joan Crawford six times and Greta Garbo seven.

He not only made the difficult transition from silent cinema to sound cinema, but thrived there, proving himself to be a 'actor's director': listening to his actors', respecting their instincts, and often incorporating their suggestions into scenes. In doing so, Brown created believable, under-played, naturalistic dialogue scenes stripped of melodrama, pulsing with the honest rhythms of real-life conversation. He was nominated five times (see below) for the Academy Award as a director, and once as a producer, but never received an Oscar. However, he did win Best Foreign Film for Anna Karenina starring Garbo at the 1935 Venice International Film Festival.

Brown's films gained a total of 38 Academy Award nominations and earned nine Oscars. Brown himself received six Academy Award nominations and in 1949 won the British Academy Award for the film version of William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust.

In 1957, Brown was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

Brown retired a wealthy man due to his real estate investments, but refused to watch new movies, as he feared they might cause him to restart his career. In the 1970s, Brown became a much-sought guest lecturer on the film-festival circuit, thanks in part to his connection with Garbo.

The Clarence Brown Theater, on the campus of the University of Tennessee, is named in his honor. He is tied with Robert Altman and Alfred Hitchcock for the most Academy Award nominations for best director without a single win.


NOTE: In 1929/1930, Brown received one Academy Award nomination for two films. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "As allowed by the award rules for this year, a single nomination could honor work in one or more films."


  • Brownlow, Kevin. "Clarence Brown" in The Parade's Gone By New York: Knopf, 1968
  • "The Hollywood Professionals, Vol. 6: Frank Capra, George Cukor, Clarence Brown" by Allen Estrin, AS Barnes, 1980
  • An Extraordinary Town, How one of America's smallest towns shaped the world - A Historical Marketing Book by A. J. Bastarache. Featuring a comprehensive section on Clarence Brown.
  • Young, Gwenda. 'Clarence Brown: From Knoxville to Hollywood and Back'. Journal of East Tennessee History', 2002. 73 :53-73

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Broadway World
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:30 -0700

To celebrate 40 years as East Tennessee's only professional theater, the Clarence Brown Theatre will give away 40 pairs of tickets in 40 days along with a Grand Prize winner at the conclusion of the giveaway. To enter the "40-40-40 Giveaway" to win the ...
Northwest Georgia News
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:30:00 -0700

The Clarence Brown Conference Center opened in 2010, under the administration and direction of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Named to honor former Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown, the center was ...
The Garden City Telegram
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:15 -0700

Clarence Brown, 18, 1518 E. Laurel St., was arrested at 11:53 a.m. in the 1500 block of East Laurel Street and lodged on an allegation of burglary and theft. Alexander Beltran, 23, 1606 Benton St., was cited and released at 9:45 a.m. in the 1500 block ...
Daily Tribune News
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

With an extensive family business history, Georgia Supreme Court Justice and Bartow native Robert Benham brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as the guest speaker for the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Luncheon.
Daily Tribune News
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

The Georgia Department of Education hosted the English Language Arts Summer Academy for teachers of all grade levels on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22. The event, held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, was the sixth and final academy ...

Winston-Salem Chronicle

Winston-Salem Chronicle
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:45:00 -0700

The other honorees were: Bobby Boyd, James Johnson, Dwayne Aikens, Harrison Davis, Clarence Brown, Ralph Mason, Jerome Paul, Terry Braswell, Bobby Boyd, James “Godfather” Johnson, Delray Anthony,Thurmond Carter and Kevin Wade. Mark Redd ...
Daily Tribune News
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., the competition at the Clarence Brown Conference Center is open to fire departments, Explorer posts and the public and will feature firefighter events — busted hose, serpentine, bucket brigade and more. “Basically it's a ...

Beach Carolina Magazine

Beach Carolina Magazine
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:45 -0700

A native of Corona, N.Y., – a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens – Brown is the daughter of Shiron Cummings and Clarence Brown. “For me, The College represents a good opportunity to grow as a basketball player, a student and a leader ...

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