Sometimes a person must overcome his name. Children of infamous criminals know this all too
Successful people, too, must sometimes overcome their family legacy. Oscar-winner Richard D.
Zanuck might have gotten his foot in the door with his name, but the colorful character used his
Hollywood upbringing as a foundation for a career that connected him to the biggest names in
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) marks the life and career of the legendary producer with the
television premiere of the documentary
Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck. The Steven
Spielberg-produced film airs Wednesday May 8 at 8 p.m.
Zanuck’s father, Darryl, was a founder of 20th Century Fox, and an executive at the studio. He
raised his son in Hollywood. Richard was brought up around famous people. He met Dwight D.
Eisenhower as a child. He had snowball fights with author Ernest Hemmingway.