One of the kingpins of Hollywood's studio system, Zanuck was the offspring of the ill-fated marriage of the alcoholic night clerk in Wahoo, Nebraska's only hotel and the hotel owner's promiscuous daughter. Both parents had abandoned him by the time he was 13. At 15, he joined the U.S. Army, and he fought in Belgium in World War I...See full bio »
[In a letter to Lord Mountbatten about "The Longest Day"] I believe I have a tougher job than Ike had on D-Day - at least he had the equipment. I have to find it, rebuild it, and transport it to Normandy.
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