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Overview (5)

Born in Dublin, Ireland
Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameAustin Cedric Gibbons
Nickname Gibby
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, with direct responsibility in well over 150 of those. He designed the Oscar itself, winning it 11 of the 37 times he was nominated for it. Some of his designs influenced American interiors, and it has been argued that he was the most important art director in the history of American cinema.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (3)

Hazel Brooks (25 October 1944 - 26 July 1960) (his death)
Dolores del Rio (6 August 1930 - 17 January 1941) (divorced)
Gwendolyn Alice Weller (actress) (1925 - 1926) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Chief of MGM's art department from 1924-56.
Designed the Academy Award (Oscar) statuette.
Received over 1500 on-screen credits between 1917-56, an unsurpassed record.
One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Uncle of Sandra Shaw.
He was nominated for and won more Academy Awards than any other art director.
He was art director at MGM), and its immediate predecessors Metro-Goldwyn Studios and Metro Pictures, for the entire length of his career, and during that time he worked at no other studio.
Brother of writer Eliot Gibbons and brother-in-law of costume designer Irene (married to Eliot).
Great-uncle of Maria Cooper Janis.
According to the book "Let's Go to the Movies!" by Lester Gordon published by Santa Monica Press in 1992, the reason his name appears in over 1500 film credits is as follows: "His 1924 contract stated that every film released by MGM in the USA would give him the credit of Art Director, even though others did the majority of the work."
Dolores Del Rio recommended to Gibbons that he use Emilio Fernández (aka "El Indio") as the model for the statue.
Art director for five Oscar Best Picture winners The Broadway Melody (1929), Grand Hotel (1932), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Mrs. Miniver (1942), and 34 other Best Picture nominees The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), The Divorcee (1930), The Big House (1930), The Champ (1931), Smilin' Through (1932), The Thin Man (1934), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), David Copperfield (1935), Naughty Marietta (1935), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), A Tale of Two Cities (1935), San Francisco (1936), Romeo and Juliet (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), The Good Earth (1937), Captains Courageous (1937), Test Pilot (1938), Boys Town (1938), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Ninotchka (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Random Harvest (1942), The Human Comedy (1943), Madame Curie (1943), Gaslight (1944), Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Yearling (1946), Battleground (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), King Solomon's Mines (1950), Quo Vadis (1951), Julius Caesar (1953) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).

Personal Quotes (2)

When I find things I like I see no reason to change them. Except women.
[to Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, who wrote Adam's Rib (1949), when they went to Gibbons' office to discuss the sets for that film] You know, this is an historic day. I've been at the studio [MGM] for 25 years and this is the first time writers have ever been in my office.

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