Vincent Sherman

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Vincent Sherman
BornAbraham Orovitz
(1906-07-16)July 16, 1906
Vienna, Georgia
DiedJune 18, 2006(2006-06-18) (aged 99)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1933 - 1983
Spouse(s)Hedda Comorau (1931-1984)
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Vincent Sherman
BornAbraham Orovitz
(1906-07-16)July 16, 1906
Vienna, Georgia
DiedJune 18, 2006(2006-06-18) (aged 99)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1933 - 1983
Spouse(s)Hedda Comorau (1931-1984)

Vincent Sherman (July 16, 1906 – June 18, 2006) was an American director, and actor, who worked in Hollywood. His movies include Mr. Skeffington (1944), Nora Prentiss (1947), and The Young Philadelphians (1959).

He began his career as an actor on Broadway and later films. He directed B-movies for Warner Bros. before moving up to A-pictures. He was a good friend of actor Errol Flynn, whom he directed in Adventures of Don Juan (1949). He directed three Joan Crawford movies The Damned Don't Cry! (1950), Harriet Craig (1950), and Goodbye, My Fancy (1951).


Early life

Sherman was born Abraham Orovitz, to Jewish parents.[1] He was born and grew up in the small town of Vienna, Georgia, where his father was a dry-goods salesman.[2] Not long after graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, he became a professional actor.[3]


Sherman arrived in New York to sell a play and soon became an actor. He made his debut at the stage in Counselor at Law, which starred John Barrymore.[2] He arrived in Hollywood during the early talkie years, where he appeared in William Wyler's 1933 film Counsellor at Law. In 1938, Sherman signed on at Warner Bros. as a director. His first film as a director was the 1939 horror film The Return of Doctor X, which starred Humphrey Bogart.

Sherman quickly built a reputation as a rewrite artist – his ability to take any script he was given and turn it into an absolute blockbuster. It was these skills that led him to much bigger and star-studded pictures.[3][4] Sherman was initially known as a "woman's director" during the mid '40's, but he eventually became a well-rounded filmmaker as his career went on.[2]

After a very successful Hollywood film career, Sherman ended his career in television. However, in 2004, he was the oldest of 21 individuals interviewed in the documentary film "Imaginary Witness," a work that chronicled sixty years of film-making that dealt in some way with the Holocaust.[5]

Personal life

Sherman was married to Hedda Comorau from 1931–1984. He had two children with Comorau: a son, Eric Sherman, and a daughter, Hedwin Naimark.[6] He had a number of high-profile affairs during his life, including a three-year relationship with Joan Crawford. In his memoir Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director, he went into detail about his relationship with Crawford, as well as his relationship with Rita Hayworth. During the last nine years of his life, he was in a romantic relationship with Francine York.[6]

Sherman was a good friend of Errol Flynn.[3]


Sherman died less than a month shy of his 100th birthday, on June 18, 2006, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[3]


Director (feature film)

1939The Return of Doctor X
1940Saturday's Children
The Man Who Talked Too Much
1941Flight from Destiny
All Through the Night
1942Across the Pacific
1943The Hard Way
Old Acquaintance
The Present with a Future
1944In Our Time
Mr. Skeffington
1945Pillow to Post
1946Janie Gets Married
1947Nora Prentiss
The Unfaithful
1948Adventures of Don Juan
1949The Hasty Heart
The Damned Don't Cry
Harriet Craig
1951Goodbye, My Fancy
1952Lone Star
Affair in Trinidad
1957The Garment Jungle
1958The Naked Earth
195977 Sunset Strip
The Young Philadelphians
1960Ice Palace
1961A Fever in the Blood
The Second Time Around


1933Counsellor at LawHarry Becker
1934Speed WingsMickey
Crime of Helen StanleyKarl Williams
One Is GuiltyWilliam Malcolm
Hell Bent for LoveJohnny Frank
Midnight AlibiBlack Mike
Girl in DangerWillie Tolini


  1. ^ Sherman, Eric. "Vision of Vincent". Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Rode, Alan. "In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman". Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Vincent Sherman". Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ Presskit from, accessed January 16, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Vincent Sherman". Retrieved May 13, 2010. 

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