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For other people named Clarence Brown, see Clarence Brown (disambiguation).
Clarence Brown
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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.

Career[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

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."

References[edit]

  • 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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142 news items

 
Broadway World
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:22:26 -0700

Due to popular demand, the Clarence Brown Theatre has added a Tuesday, September 16 and a Tuesday, September 23 performance to the run of "Hank Williams: Lost Highway." The shows will begin at 7:30 pm in the CBT's Carousel Theatre on the ...
 
UTDailyBeacon.com
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Throughout September, his story will unfold in Clarence Brown Theatre, taking audiences on a journey from Hank's humble beginnings in Alabama to his untimely death at the age of 29. The historic play opened Thursday night, a fitting choice for CBT's ...
 
Broadway World
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700

As a singer and songwriter, Hank Williams changed the face of not only country music, but music in general, forever. From today, September 4, through the 28th, the Clarence Brown Theatre will stage the biographical retelling of his life in Hank ...

Knoxville daily sun

Knoxville daily sun
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0700

As a singer and songwriter, Hank Williams changed the face of not only country music, but music in general, forever. From September 4-28, the Clarence Brown Theatre will stage the biographical retelling of his life in Hank Williams: Lost Highway ...
 
Broadway World
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:45:00 -0700

As a singer and songwriter, Hank Williams changed the face of not only country music, but music in general, forever. From September 4- 28, the Clarence Brown Theatre will stage the biographical retelling of his life in Hank Williams: Lost Highway ...
 
Maryville Daily Times
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Auditions for the Clarence Brown Theatre fall productions of “4000 Miles” and “A Christmas Carol” will take place on Aug. 23 and 24 at the theater. An information packet and application can be found on the web at clarencebrowntheatre.com. Applications ...
 
Knoxville daily sun
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:03:45 -0700

KNOXVILLE — The Clarence Brown Theatre, one of thirteen professional LORT (League of Regional Theatres) theatres on a university campus in the country, announced its newly appointed Advisory Board members. The Advisory Board is the link to the ...
 
Northwest Georgia News
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:56:15 -0700

The event will be co-sponsored by Must Ministries, Bartow College and Career Academy, Clarence Brown Conference Center, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Georgia Highlands College. The department's Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) ...
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