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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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The Seattle Times

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:52:30 -0800

"A Christmas Carol," the perennial holiday production at the Clarence Brown Theatre, opens this Friday to the multitude of patrons who, with their families in tow, flock to partake in the telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale. As well as being a ...
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 ...

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:22:30 -0800

8. Info: 865-312-2440 or email membership@knoxvillechoralsociety.org. "A Shayna Maidel" and "The Threepenny Opera": Auditions by appointment, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Applications due: Jan. 9.

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 ...
Broadway World
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:22:30 -0800

... and Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird", has also appeared on the stages of the Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, Santa Fe Stages, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Clarence Brown Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.
The Daily Times
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:31:14 -0800

The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” will be staged at the Clarence Brown Theatre complex, 1714 Andy Holt Blvd. on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, this holiday season in the main theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m ...
Daily Tribune News
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:07:30 -0800

... a right of entry for Georgia Power on the land where Surya is building its new headquarters and warehouse. The power lines will be underground. The JDA's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800

"A Christmas Carol" Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18-21; $10-$42 865-974-5161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. "A Christmas Carol" With The Improvables improv group. Time Warp ...

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