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Also Known As: Died: July 13, 1996
Born: March 28, 1905 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Producer ...
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1923:
Worked as assistant director to various directors including Tod Browning (at Universal) Ralph Ince, Alfred Santell and Mal St. Clair; became film cutter and editor at FBO (Film Booking Office; later absorbed into RKO when that studio was founded)
1929:
Formation of RKO Studios from FBO shooting studios, the sound recording technology of RCA and the acquiring of the Keith-Orpheum theater circuit; Berman was still working at FBO when this happened, though he did also edit the Columbia Pictures film, "Trial Marriage"
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Worked for a time at RKO as an assistant to such producers as William LeBaron and David O. Selznick
1931:
Began producing for RKO; first film, "Bad Company"
1933:
First of 14 films with Katharine Hepburn, "Morning Glory", which won her an Oscar and was the first Berman production to win an Academy Award
1934:
Produced first of six films which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, "The Gay Divorcee"; also marked the first of 13 films he made with Ginger Rogers and the first of nine with Fred Astaire
1935:
Two of the ten films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar that year produced by Berman, "Alice Adams" and "Top Hat"
1937:
Made head of production at RKO
1939:
Last film with either Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle"
1939:
Last producing credit at RKO, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1940:
Left RKO; joined MGM
1941:
First producing credit at MGM, "Ziegfeld Girl", the first of five films he made with Lana Turner
1946:
First of six films with Robert Taylor, "Undercurrent"
1947:
Last film with Katharine Hepburn, "The Sea of Grass"
1948:
Last film with Lana Turner, "The Three Musketeers"
1952:
Produced fifth and last film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, "Ivanhoe"
1955:
Last film with Robert Taylor, "Quentin Durward"
1965:
Last MGM film, "A Patch of Blue"; was also his last production to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters)
1967:
Left MGM; joined 20th Century-Fox
1970:
Announced retirement; last film, "Move"
1985:
Appeared as himself as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"
1988:
Was an interview subject for the documentary miniseries, "Hollywood: The Golden Years", a study of RKO Studios

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