Vincent Sherman

Vincent Sherman (July 16, 1906 – June 18, 2006) was an American director and actor who worked in Hollywood. His movies include Mr. Skeffington (1944), Nora Prentiss (1947), and The Young Philadelphians (1959).

Vincent Sherman
On set of The Hasty Heart (1949), L-R: Patricia Neal, Vincent Sherman and Wilkie Cooper (cinematographer)
Born
Abraham Orovitz

(1906-07-16)July 16, 1906
DiedJune 18, 2006(2006-06-18) (aged 99)
Years active1933 to 1983
Spouse(s)Hedda Comorau (1931-1984; her death; 2 children)
Websitewww.vincentsherman.com

He began his career as an actor on Broadway and later in film. He directed B-movies for Warner Bros. and then moved to directing to A-pictures. He was a good friend of actor Errol Flynn, whom he directed in Adventures of Don Juan (1949). He directed three Joan Crawford movies: The Damned Don't Cry (1950), Harriet Craig (1950), and Goodbye, My Fancy (1951).

Early life

Sherman was born Abraham Orovitz to Jewish parents.[1] He was born and raised in the small town of Vienna, Georgia, where his father was a dry-goods salesman.[2] Not long after graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, he became a professional actor.[3]

Career

Sherman arrived in New York City to sell a play and soon became a stage director and actor. As a stage actor, he made his debut in May 1936 in Bitter Stream which included Frances Bavier, later known for her role on The Andy Griffith Show.[4] He arrived in Hollywood during the early sound era, where he appeared in William Wyler's 1933 film Counsellor at Law starring John Barrymore. In 1938, Sherman signed on at Warner Bros. as a director. His first film as a director was the 1939 horror film The Return of Doctor X, which starred Humphrey Bogart. The 2006 release of The Return of Doctor X included a director's commentary that Sherman had recorded that year at the age of 99.

Sherman quickly built a reputation for his ability to rewrite any script he was given and turn it into the basis for a successful film. It was these skills that led him to much bigger and star-studded pictures.[3][5] Sherman was initially known as a "woman's director" during the mid 1940s, but his range expanded as his career developed.[2]

After his film career wound up, Sherman ended his career in television. In 2004, he was the oldest of 21 individuals interviewed in the documentary film Imaginary Witness, a work that chronicled 60 years of film-making about the Holocaust.[6]

Personal life

Sherman was married to Hedda Comorau from 1931 until her death in 1984. He had two children with Comorau: a son Eric Sherman and a daughter Hedwin Naimark.[7] He had a number of high-profile affairs during his life, including on-set affairs with Bette Davis and a three-year relationship with Joan Crawford. In his memoir Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director, he described his relationship with Crawford and Rita Hayworth. During the last nine years of his life, he was in a romantic relationship with Francine York.[7]

Death

Sherman died on June 18, 2006, a month short of his 100th birthday, at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[3]

Filmography

Director (feature film)

YearTitleNotes
1939The Return of Doctor X
1940Saturday's Children
The Man Who Talked Too Much
1941Flight from Destiny
Underground
1942All Through the Night
Across the Pacific
1943The Hard Way
Old Acquaintance
The Present with a FutureShort film
1944In Our Time
Mr. Skeffington
1945Pillow to Post
1946Janie Gets Married
1947Nora Prentiss
The Unfaithful
1948Adventures of Don JuanAlternative title: The New Adventures of Don Juan
1949The Hasty Heart
1950Backfire
The Damned Don't Cry
Harriet Craig
1951Goodbye, My Fancy
1952Lone Star
Affair in Trinidad
1957The Garment Jungle
1958The Naked Earth
1959The Young Philadelphians
1960Ice Palace
1961A Fever in the Blood
The Second Time Around
1967CervantesAlternative title: Young Rebel

Actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
1933Counsellor at LawHarry Becker
1934Speed WingsMickey
The Crime of Helen StanleyKarl Williams
One Is GuiltyWilliam Malcolm
Hell Bent for LoveJohnny Frank
Midnight AlibiBlack Mike
Girl in DangerWillie Tolini

References

  1. Sherman, Eric. "Vision of Vincent". industrycentral.net. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  2. Rode, Alan. "In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman". filmmonthly.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  3. "Vincent Sherman". movies.amctv.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  4. Internet Broadway Database,(IBDb.com): Vincent Sherman
  5. "Biography". vincentsherman.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  6. Presskit from Shadowdistribution.com., accessed January 16, 2011.
  7. "Vincent Sherman". nndb.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
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