Hollywood producer and magnate who was the driving force behind Gone With the Wind (1939). Son of the silent movie director Lewis J. Selznick, studied at Columbia University until his father lost his fortune in the 1920s. Worked as MGM, Paramount then RKO. Was back at MGM in 1933 after marrying Irene Mayer, the daughter of Louis B. Mayer. In 1936 set up his own production company, Selznick International. Three directors and fifteen scriptwriters later, Gone with the Wind was released. The studio's other credits include Rebecca (1940) and Spellbound (1945). Also married to actress Jennifer Jones.