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The Road to Hollywood, Celebrities & Producing

by the Social Diary Columnist David Mirisch
Column #1, January 1st, 2006

People ask me how I got into show business and here is what I tell them, It all began in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where I was born. At that time my father and uncles were involved in managing local motion picture theatres. From there we all moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I grew up and graduated from Shorewood High School. I then spent two years at The University of Colorado and graduated from a small school in Wisconsin called Ripon College. I received a B.A. in speech. Upon graduation I went to work for our family candy concession business. We had offices in six cities in the Midwest and we ran the popcorn and candy stands in over 1,000 movies and in drive-in theatres. About this time my three uncles moved to Hollywood and went into the motion picture business. They started working for Monogram Studios which changed its name to Allied Artists. While at Allied Artists they produced "Moby Dick" with Gregory Peck and the original "Moulin Rouge" with Jose Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor. At that point they realized they didn't need a studio behind them and formed their own studio called The Mirisch Corporation which went on to produce 72 motion pictures, won 24 Academy Awards including Three Best Picture Awards. Those three films were "West Side Story,""The Apartment" and "In The Heat of the Night." Other great films they produced were "Some Like It Hot," "The Great Escape,""Hawaii," "The Magnificent Seven," "Fiddler on The Roof" and "The Pink Panther" films. During their early production days I had the pleasure of working for United Artists who distributed all of the Mirisch Company films. This is where I got my first introduction in to show business by being a publicity man for their films. I traveled all over the United States and my first real introduction into the world of show business.

* David Mirisch - David Mirisch is a Celebrity Producer (David Mirisch Enterprises) for numerous charitable events. Part of a remarkable Hollywood lineage, Mirisch's family produced "Some Like it Hot", "The Pink Panther Series" and more, for a total of 72 motion pictures, and 24 Academy Awards. Mirisch also discovered Farrah Fawcett. Mirisch's celebrity knowledge is personable and unique. You can reach Mirisch at:



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