David BrownDavid Brown, the Oscar-nominated producer of such blockbusters as 'Jaws' and 'The Sting,' has died after a long illness, USA Today is reporting. He was 93.

Brown was famous for his longevity in Hollywood. He had films nominated for Best Picture in the past four decades: 'Jaws' (1975), 'The Verdict' (1982), 'A Few Good Men' (1992) and 'Chocolat' (2000). "I kind of represent the new and old Hollywood," he told the NY Times in 1999.

Brown began his Hollywood career as a story editor at 20th Century Fox after years as a journalist, magazine editor and short-story writer. Among his big-screen coups include putting Elvis in his first movie ('Love Me Tender') talking George C. Scott into playing the title role in 'Patton.' David BrownDavid Brown, the Oscar-nominated producer behind such blockbusters as 'Jaws' and 'The Sting,' has died after a long illness, USA Today is reporting. He was 93.

Brown was famous for his longevity in Hollywood. He had films nominated for Best Picture during the past four decades: 'Jaws' (1975), 'The Verdict' (1982), 'A Few Good Men' (1992) and 'Chocolat' (2000). "I kind of represent the new and old Hollywood," he told the NY Times in 1999.

Brown began his Hollywood career as a story editor at 20th Century Fox after years as a journalist, magazine editor and short-story writer. Among his big-screen coups include putting Elvis in his first movie ('Love Me Tender') talking George C. Scott into playing the title role in 'Patton,' for which Scott won an Academy Award.

With his former partner, Richard D. Zanuck, he formed Zanuck-Brown Productions, which helped produce 'The Sting' in 1973, Steven Spielberg's first big-screen feature, 'The Sugarland Express,' in 1974, and Spielberg's monster hit 'Jaws' in 1975.

In 1991, he and Zanuck received the Irving G. Thalberg Award, bestowed by the Academy for a producing career of consistent high quality.

Brown was married to legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. He encouraged her to write the groundbreaking 1962 book, 'Sex and the Single Girl,' which was later made into a movie starring Natalie Wood. As editor, she made Cosmopolitan the best-selling women's magazine in the world. Brown was credited with writing some of the magazine's most salacious cover lines, including "The startling truth about sex addicts," "How to be very good in bed" and "The terrible danger of a perfect sex partner."
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