Harvey Weinstein born
Today in 1952, a bouncing baby boy came into the world who was to grow into one of the formidable heavyweight movie moguls in Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein, who turns 57 today, is such a dominant and well-known figure that any mention of “Harvey” clearly refers to him. Though now part of the Hollywood establishment, Harvey and his younger brother Bob were initially precocious outsiders, who started out as concert promoters. In the early 80s, they began to make a name for themselves in the indie world with savvy acquisitions through their Miramax company, named after the siblings’ parents, Miriam and Max. They had an eye for movies that had critical appeal and commercial potential and significant titles like Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line (1986) and Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) elevated the company position. In the 1990s, the Weinsteins continued to grow the company and had big hits with The Crying Game (1992), Pulp Fiction and Clerks (both 1994); by the time those films had been released, Miramax had been bought out by Disney, though Harvey and Bob had been retained to run the company. Miramax’s golden era extended into the late 1990s with the Oscar success of The English Patient (1996)and Shakespeare in Love (1998), however the brothers Weinstein parted company with Disney in 2005 to form their own outfit, the Weinstein Company.