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 Oliver T. Marsh

Oliver T. Marsh

Birth
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Death 5 May 1941 (aged 48)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section B, L-236, space 14
Memorial ID 12762 · View Source
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Cinematographer. His glossy, glamorous style helped define the "look" of MGM films in the 1930s. He won a special Academy Award for the early color photography of "Sweethearts" (1938) and received an Oscar nomination for "Bitter Sweet" (1940). Marsh was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Several members of his family were involved in the movie business (his sister was actress Mae Marsh) and in 1918 he became a director of photography in Hollywood. His first notable work was on a series of Mae Murray vehicles directed by her husband, Robert Z. Leonard, and in 1925 he accompanied both to MGM, where he remained under contract for the rest of his career. During the 1930s Marsh was the favorite cameraman of Jeanette MacDonald, who refused to work with anyone else. Among his 130 credits are "Kiki" (1926), "Our Modern Maidens" (1929), "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" (1931), "Rain" (1932), "The Merry Widow" (1934), "David Copperfield" (1934), "A Tale of Two Cities" (1935), "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936), "San Francisco" (1936), "The Firefly", "Maytime", "Rosalie" (all 1937), "The Women" (1939), and "Lady Be Good" (1941). Marsh was slated to shoot the MacDonald musical "Smilin' Through" (1941) when he died of a heart attack at 48. His son was jazz saxophonist Warne Marsh.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver T. Marsh (30 Jan 1893–5 May 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12762, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .