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Also Known As: Raymond Otto Stark Died: January 17, 2004
Born: October 3, 1914 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, publicist, talent agent, journalist, literary agent

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One of the most influential Hollywood producers who has succeeded in combining serious, ambitious projects with commercial success. Former newsman, press agent, literary agent and high-powered talent agent, Stark co-founded the Seven Arts Production Company, specializing in made-for-TV-movies, with film executive Eliot Hyman in 1957.He produced his first independent feature in 1960 and, with the formation of Rastar Productions in 1966, embarked on a highly successful career as an independent producer beginning with "Funny Girl" (1968), the first of his many popular Barbra Streisand vehicles. Stark has also enjoyed multi-film collaborations with Neil Simon, Jackie Gleason, John Huston, Herbert Ross and Sydney Pollack. Married to Fanny Brice's daughter, Frances, until her death in 1992.

One of the most influential Hollywood producers who has succeeded in combining serious, ambitious projects with commercial success. Former newsman, press agent, literary agent and high-powered talent agent, Stark co-founded the Seven Arts Production Company, specializing in made-for-TV-movies, with film executive Eliot Hyman in 1957.

He produced his first independent feature in 1960 and, with the formation of Rastar Productions in 1966, embarked on a highly successful career as an independent producer beginning with "Funny Girl" (1968), the first of his many popular Barbra Streisand vehicles. Stark has also enjoyed multi-film collaborations with Neil Simon, Jackie Gleason, John Huston, Herbert Ross and Sydney Pollack. Married to Fanny Brice's daughter, Frances, until her death in 1992.

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Worked as publicity writer for Warner Bros., then as West Coast entertainment editor for Fawcett Publications
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After WWII began career as representative for Red Ryder radio scripts; then became a literary agent representing Ben Hecht, Thomas B Costain and J P Marquand
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Joined Famous Artists Agency as a talent agent (represented Marilyn Monroe, Richard Burton and Kirk Douglas)
1957:
Formed Seven Arts Productions (with Eliot Hyman)
1960:
Produced first independent feature film, "The World of Suzie Wong"
1964:
Produced first Broadway musical, "Funny Girl"
1968:
Resigned as executive vice president and head of production of Seven Arts to become independent producer; formed Rastar Productions to produce film, "Funny Girl"
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Formed Ray Stark Productions
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Education

Rutgers State University: New Brunswick , New Jersey -

Notes

Stark endowed a chair at USC's School of Cinema-Television in April 1998

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wife:
Frances Stark. Daughter of Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein; born in August 1919; married from c. 1939 until her death on May 31, 1992.
companion:
Dee May. Widow of department store heir David May; dating as of 1996.

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mother-in-law:
Fanny Brice. Vaudevillian, comedian. Nicknamed Stark "The Rabbit".
father-in-law:
Jules W Arnstein.
son:
Peter Stark. Died in 1970.
daughter:
Wendy Stark Morrissey. Editor. Los Angeles editor of <i>Vanity Fair</i>; married to producer John Morrissey until 2000.
granddaughter:
Allison Morrissey.
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