(William Ahearn's article appeared on Bloomberg, 2/2.  Brown also authored the memoir 'Let Me Entertain You’–William Morrow, 1990.) 

David Brown, Producer of ‘The Sting,’ ‘Jaws,’ Dies

David Brown, the movie producer whose hits included the Oscar-winning “The Sting” and “Jaws,” the 1975 summer blockbuster that kept beachgoers out of the water, has died. He was 93.

He died of kidney failure yesterday at his home in New York after a long illness, the New York Times reported.

Brown produced or co-produced with Richard D. Zanuck more than 30 films, jump-starting the career of director Steven Spielberg with “The Sugarland Express” in 1974 and put Elvis Presley in his first movie, “Love Me Tender” in 1956.

In addition to movies and theatrical productions, Brown was well-known as the husband of Helen Gurley Brown, the former U.S. editor of Cosmopolitan magazine who is now responsible for its international editions. In 1966, she became editor of the magazine where her husband had been managing editor.


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