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Rudolph Herman Behlmer (October 13, 1926 – September 27, 2019) was an American film historian and writer. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he was an expert in the history and evolution of the motion picture industry.

Rudy Behlmer
Born(1926-10-13)October 13, 1926
San Francisco, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 27, 2019(2019-09-27) (aged 92)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, film historian
Notable worksMemo from David O. Selznick (1972), followed by nine other books
Sandra Lee Wightman
(m. 1959; div. 1966)

Stacey Behlmer (m. 1992)


Behlmer began his career with KLAC-TV in Hollywood as a stage manager.[1] At the beginning of the 1960s, Behlmer started researching and writing articles on various aspects of film history. One such project, a career piece on film producer David O. Selznick (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca), led to his book Memo from David O. Selznick (1972). It was followed by nine other books as well as numerous magazine articles and film music recording booklets. Behlmer also contributed to a wide variety of works about the Golden Age of Hollywood. He died on September 27, 2019 at the age of 92.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Early Betty White 1947–1973". WFMU's Beware of the Blog. WFMU. April 4, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Burlingame, Jon; Burlingame, Jon (September 27, 2019). "Film Historian and Author Rudy Behlmer Dies at 92".

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