Date of birth : July 23, 1891, New York City.
Date of death : February 27, 1958, Phoenix, Arizona.
Practise : director of the Columbia Studios.
Son of a German tailor, he was first streetcar driver, then music hall driver.At the beginning of the 20's, he created with Joe Brandt and his brother Jack, a film studio which was named Columbia in 1924.
The Columbia had the reputation to produce
many B movies but its level grew up when Cohn gave his chance to Franck
Capra, in the 30's.
The Columbia had the reputation to produce many B movies but its level grew up when Cohn gave his chance to Franck Capra, in the 30's.
In the 40's, she was their main attraction.During the 50's, he worked with the greatest directors and boosted the careers of Kim Novak, Judy Holliday
Link with Marilyn :
Before hiring her for the movie "Ladies of the Chorus" in 1948, he auditionned her singer talents in his office with Fred Karger playing piano. Marilyn obtained the part but Cohn, not convinced by her way of acting didn't re-establish her contract.
The majority of the biographers assert that her walkout had nothing to do with her actress talents but was linked to the fact that she had turned down Cohn's invitation one-to-one on his yacht, anchored offshore Catalina Island, for a week-end. Marilyn would have answered that she'd accept the invitation if Cohn's wife went with them.
Several years after, Marilyn reminded him the incident with humor, by sending him a signed picture of the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) on which she had written : "To my great benefactor, Hary Cohn".
His character inspired several movies : "All the King's Men" (1949), "Born Yesterday" (1950), "The Big Knife" (1955), "The Godfather" (1972).