Director Clarence Brown died August 17, 1987 in Santa Monica, CA of kidney failure. He was born in Clinton, MA on May 10, 1890, but was raised in Knoxville, TN where he graduated from the Univ. of Tennessee. He was a WWI aviator & worked for an automobile company before he went to Fort Lee, NJ to work in films. He apprenticed with director Maurice Tourneur & helped him direct several films. His 1st solo credit was The Light in the Dark (1922). He signed with Universal in 1923 & then decamped to United Artists for 2 films in late 1925. MGM signed him & assigned him Flesh and the Devil (1926) with new Scandinavian import, Greta Garbo. The film was a big hit. In June 1927, he was ranked as the top Hollywood director in a Film Daily magazine poll of critics & directors.This still of Bob Montgomery & Garbo was from Inspiration (1931), his 5th of 7 films with Garbo. During filming, she was unhappy with the Gene Markey script & Brown's rehearsal schedule; the production was a bumpy one. Brown declared to Photoplay, "I would not direct Miss Garbo again under the same circumstances that prevailed during the last picture. We would begin by having a completed script before we started. But for Miss Garbo, personally and as an artist, I have the greatest respect and admiration." He then worked with all the top MGM stars including Joan Crawford in 4 films before Garbo approved him for Anna Karenina (1935). He noted to the NY Herald Tribune, "Formerly, it disturbed her to have me sit in front of the camera, now it doesn't distract her." The film did not do as good business as other Garbo films; he would only do 1 more film with her, Conquest (1938). Both films suffered due to the Production Code. Brown was a self-described "company man" who took whatever film was assigned to him; yet, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director six times. He retired from film-making in 1952 & was married 5 times, most famously to actresses Alice Joyce & Mona Maris. He had a daughter with his 1st wife. He gave his collection of papers to the Univ. of Tennessee & donated money to build the Clarence Brown Theatre on the UT Knoxville campus.