Date of birth : July 23, 1891, New York City.
Date of death : February 27, 1958, Phoenix, Arizona. Buried at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery
Profession head 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
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.
50's, he worked with the greatest directors and boosted the careers of Kim Novak, Judy Holliday Well-known as heartless, hated by his circle,
Cohn at least deserves the fact to have discovered a dancer
Well-known as heartless, hated by his circle, Cohn at least deserves the fact to have discovered a dancer
September 18, 1923 he married Rose Barker. They divorced on July 28, 1941.
On July 31, 1941 he married Joan Perry (July 7, 1911, Florida-September 16, 1996, California)(
). They had 4 children.
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).