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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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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)
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"
Worked for a time at RKO as an assistant to such producers as William LeBaron and David O. Selznick
Began producing for RKO; first film, "Bad Company"
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
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
Two of the ten films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar that year produced by Berman, "Alice Adams" and "Top Hat"
Made head of production at RKO
Last film with either Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle"
Last producing credit at RKO, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Left RKO; joined MGM
First producing credit at MGM, "Ziegfeld Girl", the first of five films he made with Lana Turner
First of six films with Robert Taylor, "Undercurrent"
Last film with Katharine Hepburn, "The Sea of Grass"
Last film with Lana Turner, "The Three Musketeers"
Produced fifth and last film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, "Ivanhoe"
Last film with Robert Taylor, "Quentin Durward"
Last MGM film, "A Patch of Blue"; was also his last production to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters)
Left MGM; joined 20th Century-Fox
Announced retirement; last film, "Move"
Appeared as himself as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"
Was an interview subject for the documentary miniseries, "Hollywood: The Golden Years", a study of RKO Studios
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