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Schmuel (Gelbfisz) Goldwyn (1879 - 1974)

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Schmuel (Samuel) "Mister Malaprop" Goldwyn formerly Gelbfisz aka Goldfish
Born in Warsaw, Polandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Los Angeles, California, USAmap
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Categories: Notables | Producers | Famous People of the 20th Century | Academy Award Winners of the 20th Century | Hollywood, California | Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California | This Day In History August 17 | This Day In History January 31 | Unconnected Notables of Poland | Unconnected Notables of the United States of America | Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Samuel (Gelbfisz) Goldwyn is notable.
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A noted producer with a temper, Samuel Goldwyn is a name that most people won't even realize they know. The "Goldwyn" in MGM, despite being booted before a merger created the noted film company, comes from The Goldwyn Co. which he founded with Edgar and Archibald Selwyn (the "wyn"(s) of Goldwyn) when his name was Samuel Goldfish (the "Gold" in Goldwyn).[1]

His notable films include, but are not limited to:
The Best Years of Our Lives - won 7 Oscars including Best Picture.
Guys and Dolls - Nominated for 4 Oscars
Wuthering Heights - Won 1 Oscar (Best Cinematography, Black-and-White); Nominated for 7 others
The Bishop's Wife - Won 2 Oscar (Best Sound, Recording), Nominated for 4 others
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - his son, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. produced the 2013 re-make
The Princess and the Pirate - Nominated for 2 Oscars
The Pride of the Yankees - Won 1 Oscar (Best Film Editing), nominated for 10 others
Stella Dallas - Nominated for 2 Oscars
and it all started with his first film, Polly of the Circus in 1917.[2]
Note that these are just a small sampling of his notable films and not even a full representation of his Oscar-nominated / winning films.

He was awarded the Irving G Thalberg Memorial [Academy] Award twice - once in 1939 and again in 1947. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian [Academy] Award in 1956.[3]

He was the father of noted producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and the grandfather of noted actor and producer, Tony Goldwyn.[4]

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Samuel (Gelbfisz) Goldwyn is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park which has been surveyed by the California Cemeteries sub-project.
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Mr. Goldwyn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1971 by President Richard Nixon.
Samuel (Gelbfisz) Goldwyn was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.


  1. IMDb: Samuel Goldwyn (bio)
  2. IMDb: Samuel Goldwyn (filmography)
  3. IMDb: Samuel Goldwyn (awards)
  4. "Tony Goldwyn." Who Do You Think You Are (US) (Season 6 Episode 5). TLC. 5 April 2015

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