DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Victor Fleming (aged 59)
-American film director, cinematographer, and producer (The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind)
Victor Lonzo Fleming (February 23, 1889 – January 6, 1949) was an American film director, cinematographer, and producer. His most popular films were The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. Fleming has those same two films listed in the top 10 of the American Film Institute’s 2007 AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list.
DEATH: He died suddenly, while en route to a hospital in Cottonwood, Arizona after suffering a heart attackon January 6, 1949. His death occurred shortly after completing Joan of Arc (1948) with Ingrid Bergman, one of the few films that he did not make for MGM. Despite mixed reviews, Fleming’s film version of the life of Joan received seven Academy Award nominations, winning two.