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For other people named Clarence Brown, see Clarence Brown (disambiguation).
Clarence Brown
Clarence Brown 1921.jpg
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 an "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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Crossville Chronicle
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:18:45 -0800

Ebeneezer Scrooge and the memorable ghosts return in the Clarence Brown Theatre's long-running and most popular production. A magical tradition for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the season, “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens' timeless classic ...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0700

McKee and company utilized this progressive approach when assembling Continuum, which will be presented Saturday at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Twelve pieces directed by seven different choreographers promise a diverse viewing experience for the ...
Broadway World
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:45:00 -0800

Ebeneezer Scrooge and the memorable ghosts return in the Clarence Brown Theatre's long-running and most popular production. A magical tradition for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the season, "A Christmas Carol," Dickens' timeless classic ...
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:03:45 -0800

A couch sat center stage, surrounded by odds and ends that gave the illusion of a living room. Quilts and bookshelves reminiscent of grandparents' homes lined the side of the stage, creating a welcoming, cozy feel. This scene, set in the Clarence Brown ...

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:48:45 -0800

The Clarence Brown Theatre's annual and popular production of "A Christmas Carol" is always infused with a sense of family. The bonds of family isn't just a theme woven in the much-loved story set in Victorian England. This year Clarence Brown resident ...

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:03:45 -0800

3-7, 9-14 and 18-21, Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Cost: $10-$42. Info: 865-974-5161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella": 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 27-30 and Dec.
Knoxville News Sentinel
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:52:30 -0800

Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future return to the University of Tennessee's Clarence Brown Theater for the annual holiday presentation of "A Christmas Carol." Shows begin with a Nov. 26 preview and continue ...
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:52:30 -0800

David Ratliff, house manager at Clarence Brown Theatre and director of "Nothing Personal," commended Ward for his "puny" style of writing. "It's light-hearted but dealing with difficult subject matter, but that's really the way to have the audience ...

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