Ladd, Alan Jr.

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Name
Ladd, Alan Jr. Gender: M
Alan Walbridge Ladd, Jr.
born on 22 October 1937 at 23:50 (= 11:50 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°29' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°42 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 10°30'



Biography

American film producer and the former president of 20th Century Fox, where he was the unsung hero beyond "Star Wars," helping to usher in the era of "women's movies." From a noted Hollywood family, he was the son of actor Alan Ladd and his first wife, Midge.

His folks separated when he was four years old. Laddie, as he is still called, was raised by his mom and her second husband, an aircraft technician named William Farnsworth. But the strongest influence on Laddie's career was his dad's second wife, a former starlet and ambitious agent named Sue Carol, who was known for a sharp appetite for business.

Laddie considered himself "too introverted" to be an actor. Shunning publicity, he worked as a talent agent for a number of years. He moved to London and produced several films, "The Walking Stick" and "A Severed Head and a Villain," among others - that didn't do well at the box office. His wife, Patti, a former dental hygienist, opened a boutique in London. In January 1973, Laddie returned home to work as a production executive at 20th Century Fox studios.

He was named president of Fox in 1976, and managed to get a $9 million budget for "Star Wars" approved, despite the studio's reluctance to produce it. The movie's consequent success cemented Ladd's position at Fox, and two years later, the smash success of "Alien" also helped. He was the first Hollywood executive of the 1970s to back a whole slate of films about women, including "Julia," "The Turning Point," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Norma Rae." In 1977, "Star Wars," "Julia," and "The Turning Point" were among the five nominees for Best Picture Oscar.

By 1977, Ladd had established himself as a major force in the film industry. In the summer of 1979, he became embroiled in a policy dispute with then-Fox chairman Dennis Stanfill. Ladd thought Fox's middle-level executives should share in the profits of "Star Wars," and Stanfill didn't agree. Ladd resigned as president, sending Fox's shares tumbling $2.25.

After he left Fox, he signed a production deal with Warner Brothers and formed The Ladd Company. From 1980 to 1984, The Ladd Company made five or six movies a year, including "Body Heat," "Outland" and "Blade Runner." One of his biggest coups at this time was the acquisition of "Chariots of Fire," which surprised everyone by winning the Academy Award for best picture in 1981. In the fall of 1983, he released two movies, "Star 80," and "The Right Stuff," which were not commercial hits, despite four Academy Awards for the latter. In 1984, the Ladd Company had its first big money maker, "Police Academy." A few weeks after its release, Ladd and Warner Brothers severed their four-year relationship. In 1985, a faltering MGM hired him as part of their top management.

He married the former Patricia Beasley in August 1959. The couple had three daughters.

His dad, Alan Ladd Sr. died l/29/1964 from a combination of sleeping pills and liquor. Laddie's mother, Midge, died in obscurity in April 1957.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • parent relationship with Ladd, Midge (born 25 October 1915)
  • sibling relationship with Ladd, Alana (born 21 April 1943)
  • sibling relationship with Ladd, David (born 5 February 1947)

Events

  • Death of Mother 1957 (Mom Midge died)
  • Death of Father 29 January 1964 (Stress and booze related death)
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  • Work : New Job January 1973 (Production executive 20th Century Fox)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1976 (President of Fox)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1977 (Producer of "Star Wars")
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1979 (Policy dispute)
  • Work : Start Business 1980 (Formed "The Ladd Company" production)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1984 (Production of "Police Academy")
  • Work : New Job 1985 (Moved to MGM)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons

Categories

  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Influenced by step-mom)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Married since 1959)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three daughters)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (The Ladd Company)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Vice President & President of Fox)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Best Picture Awards)