Joseph Herman “Joe” Pasternak was a Hungarian-born American film producer in Hollywood. Pasternak spent the Hollywood “Golden Age” of musicals at MGM Studios, producing many successful musicals with singing stars like Deanna Durbin, Kathryn Grayson and Jane Powell, as well as swimmer/bathing beauty Esther Williams’ films. He produced Judy Garland’s final MGM film, Summer Stock, which was released in 1950. Pasternak worked in the film industry for 45 years, from the later silent era until shortly past the end of the classical Hollywood cinema in the early 1960s.
|Born:||József Paszternák, Szilágysomlyó, Austria-Hungary|
|Died:||(aged), Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s):||Dorothy Darrell (1942-1991) (his death) (4 children)|
|Parent(s):||Samuel Salamon Israel Alter Saul Pasternak, Rosa Rakhel Janowitz|
|IMDb:||Joe Pasternak’s IMDb|
About Joe Pasternak
After beginning his career with the European division of Universal Pictures, this 20th-century movie producer worked in Hollywood for both Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He is perhaps best remembered for his production work on the 1951 Mario Lanza film The Great Caruso.
Born in Austria-Hungary to Jewish parents, he relocated to the United States when Hitler’s Nazi regime began its ascent to power.
Over the course of his four-decade career, he received two Academy Award nominations and produced several Oscar ceremonies.
His three sons — Michael Joseph Pasternak, Jeff Pasternak, and Peter Pasternak — all had high-profile entertainment careers.
In 1936, he was responsible for casting a young Deanna Durbin in her first musical film, Three Smart Girls.
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- Burials at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
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