A picture of Goldwyn, prior to his name change in 1916.
17 August 1879
Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire
|Died||31 January 1974
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Other names||Samuel Goldfish, Mister Malaprop|
|Spouse(s)||Blanche Lasky (1910-1915; divorced; 1 child)
Frances Howard (1925-1974; his death; 1 child)
Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.
The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive.
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it… The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing.
I hate a man who always says 'yes' to me. When I say 'no' I like a man who also says 'no.'
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.
Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white.
I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.
I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years.
Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
People always say to me, 'It must have been wonderful coming from old Hollywood, with all those movie stars,' but I never knew anyone. I didn't even know who Charlie Chaplin was. My parents really kept me away from it all.
No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.
That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.
We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
The Oscars are a lot different when you are a nominee. You walk around with this big smile on your face, and everyone, even people who work for rival film companies, tells you they voted for you.
I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.
The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.
Some of the regrets I've had about my own career are things I have not done that I should have done. More than some of the things that I've done.