J. Watson Webb Jr.
J. Watson Webb Jr.
|President of the Shelburne Museum|
|Preceded by||Electra Havemeyer Webb|
James Watson Webb III
January 9, 1916
Syosset, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 10, 2000 84) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Relations||See Vanderbilt family|
|Parents||James Watson Webb II|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Occupation||Film editor, philanthropist|
He was born in Syosset, New York, to James Watson Webb II of the Vanderbilt family and Electra Havemeyer. His siblings were Electra (1910–1982), Samuel (1912–1988), Lila (1913–1961) and Harry (1922–1975).
In 1946 he began work in California as an apprentice film editor at 20th-Century Fox. In 1949, after a meeting with Darryl F. Zanuck, he was promoted to assistant film cutter. He eventually became Zanuck's head film cutter and was involved in the founding of the American Cinema Editors.
Webb was the credited editor—as "J. Watson Webb" or "J. Watson Webb Jr."—on 30 films from 1941-52 including A Letter to Three Wives, The Razor's Edge with Tyrone Power, Wing and a Prayer, State Fair, With a Song in My Heart, Call Northside 777, Broken Arrow with James Stewart and Cheaper by the Dozen.
Also among his credits, along with Three Wives (1949) starring Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern and Kirk Douglas were The Jackpot (1950) also with Stewart and Don't Bother to Knock (1952) starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft. Webb retired from film editing in 1952. Barbara McLean, his boss, promoted Hugh S. Fowler to replace Webb.
Webb succeeded his mother and served as the president of the Shelburne Museum from 1960 until 1977 and then as chairman of the board of directors until 1996. Watson resigned from the board in a dispute over deaccessioning of an estimated $25-million worth of the museum's Impressionist collection which his mother had given to the museum.
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The museum has been losing money steadily and is said to have had a deficit of more than $300,000 in 1994.... The decision to sell some of its collection followed two years of debate among the museum's directors, which became so contentious that the board chairman, J. Watson Webb ... resigned in January. At the time, Mr. Webb said the museum's plans to sell valuable French Impressionist works given by his mother violated the code of ethics of the American Association of Museums, which forbids the selling of artworks for purposes other than acquiring more art.
- Weitzenhoffer, Frances. The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1986.