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Jaws producer David Brown dies aged 93

David Brown
Brown's funeral will take place in New York on Thursday

David Brown, the producer behind hit films including Jaws and The Sting, has died at the age of 93.

Brown brought Elvis to the small screen for the first time in Love Me Tender, before taking up a job at Fox.

He later set up his own company with Richard Zanuck, producing both Jaws and The Sting, starring Paul Newman - which won an Oscar for best film in 1973.

In later life, he was behind movies such as Driving Miss Daisy, Chocolat and Angela's Ashes.

Broadway success

Brown himself was nominated four times for a best picture Oscar - for Jaws, The Verdict, A Few Good Men and Chocolat - but never won.

Although Driving Miss Daisy received the best picture accolade in 1990, Brown did not take the trophy home as he was the executive producer.

Steven Spielberg
Brown is credited with helping to launch Spielberg's career with Jaws

He leaves his wife Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Brown died on Monday at his Manhattan home following a long illness, according to the Hearst Corporation, which owns Cosmopolitan.

"David Brown was a force in the entertainment, literary and journalism worlds," said Frank A Bennack Jr, vice-chairman and chief executive of Hearst Corporation, in a statement.

"We are very lucky at Hearst to have worked with him and his legendary wife, Helen, for many years.

"His expansive body of work will be enjoyed by people around the world for many centuries to come. He will be greatly missed."

Brown's Broadway production credits included two musicals based on movies, The Sweet Smell of Success in 2002 and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2005.

Both were nominated for best musical at the Tony awards.

A public funeral will be held on Thursday at the Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, New York.



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