Last updated on October 29, 2019
Robert Evans, the protean, fast-living Hollywood producer and former Paramount Pictures manufacturing leader who endorsed such seminal 1970s movies as Chinatown, The Godfather, and Harold and Maude, has expired.
Evans publicist, Monique Moss, affirmed that Evans expired on Saturday. No additional details Monday were instantly available.
His profession was a narrative of comebacks and reinventions. Evans had established a powerful women’s clothing lineup along with his brother, Charles, and has been visiting Los Angeles on company when actress Norma Shearer watched him sunbathing by the pool in the Beverly Hills Hotel. She persuaded manufacturers to seek the services of the handsome, dark-haired 26-year-old to play her late husband, film mogul Irving Thalberg, in Man of a Thousand Faces, a movie about terror film star Lon Chaney.
After performing characters faded, Evans re-emerged in Paramount and immediately transformed the studio by a manufacturer of mediocre movies to the greatest hit system in Hollywood, home to The Godfather and Love Story amongst many others.
For years, as well as several flops in between, the ever-tanned, big glasses-wearing Evans was among Hollywood’s most oversize and flashy characters, encapsulating the love of a now bygone film era where movies had been greenlit more on instinct than market study. He was divorced and married seven days. He had been the version for Dustin Hoffman’s petty-minded Hollywood manufacturer from the 1997 satire Wag the Dog.
“The higher you get, the lower you can drop,” Evans mused at a 2003 interview. “You pick up yourself in the count of nine, you return and win and be finished with that. I think about being a survivor.”
After he emerged in Man of a Thousand Faces Darryl Zanuck signed Evans into a contract in Twentieth Century Fox and throw him as a bullfighter in Sunlight Also Rises. The filmmakers insisted that the young actor was not appropriate for the function, therefore Zanuck moved to Mexico City, in which the movie was being made, to see for himself.
Since Paramount main, Evans presided over Francis Ford Coppola’s creation but his part from the film, itself, has occasionally been exaggerated — such as by Evans, himself. However, Coppola, remembered Evans fondly on Monday, recollecting the manufacturer’s”charm, good looks, excitement, personality, and sense of comedy.”
“He had powerful instincts as evidenced by the lengthy list of great movies in his profession.
“May the child always remain in the picture,” additional Coppola.
He started acting on tv while in junior high school, moving on to look at over 300 shows.
Following The Sun Also Rises, Evans left Hollywood to join his brother at the clothing industry, but was enticed back in 1966 when Zanuck provided him a three-picture contract for a producer. That exact same year Paramount Pictures hired him to venture generation.
He was a critical figure not just restoring Paramount but at a halcyon period of auteur-driven moviemaking, supported storied directors such as Sidney Lumet, Hal Ashby and Peter Bogdanovich.
Albert Ruddy, who won the Oscar as producer of”The Godfather,” imputed Evans with fulfilling a vital function in the film’s success. After Paramount’s head of supply flocked to the almost three-hour running time, Evans backed the filmmakers and insisted that the film not be trimmed. “He said,’I will stop before I cut on the film,’“ Ruddy said Monday. “He saved the film.”
Evans did not discuss in Paramount’s wealth, however. He was not granted some bonuses, along with his series of marriages and divorces drained off a lot of the money he’d create.
MacGraw turned into a star following”Love Story,” then went to Texas to spend four weeks earning”The Getaway” with Steve McQueen, with whom she had one of Hollywood’s more prominent affairs. They divide a year later.
Meanwhile, Evans had formed his own production firm, and he turned out among the greatest hits of 1974, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. It made Evans his lone Oscar nomination.
The Upcoming decades attracted a span of failures, but such as Coppola’s The Cotton Club, and the Chinatown sequel”The Two Jakes and the thrillers Sliver and Jade. In 1980 he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and has been put on a year’s probation.
In 1983, he had been called to testify at a preliminary hearing at the murder of a Cotton Club investor, Roy Radin. On the advice of his attorneys, Evans maintained the Fifth Amendment. Though he was not attached to any wrongdoing, his refusal to testify to prevent self-incrimination further sullied his reputation.
“A bolt of lightning shot through my entire body,” he told a reporter afterwards. “I thought I’d died. I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing It’s a Fantastic World.”
Evans experienced a grueling rehabilitation, but still found time to get his fifth marriage, this opportunity to Oxenberg. The union barely lasted more than the couple’s five-day courtship. “My fault,” Evans explained subsequently. “My mind was not working .”
Wedding No. 6 happened in 2002. Divorce followed a bit more than a year after. Back in 2005, Evans wed Lady Victoria White, a socialite 33 years his junior. At the time he’d just completed his second memoir, The Fat Lady Sang, and he told Time magazine with this union,”I eventually found the final chapter.” Evans’ last picture as a hands-on manufacturer was a hit the 2003 romantic comedy How to eliminate a Guy in 10 Days.
“That is the problem with the current company,” Evans told the Los Angeles Times in 2002. “It is not an art form, it is a barter form. The studios are conducted by committees of all MBAs, but I have never seen that an MBA that knows how to make people cry.”