Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda, Daughter of the Founder of 20th Century Fox, Dies at 84
Her brother was Richard D. Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of 'Driving Miss Daisy.'
Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda, the first-born child of 20th Century Fox Studio founder Darryl F. Zanuck and silent-screen actress Virginia Fox, died Aug. 10, her daughter, Robin, announced on Thursday. She was 84.
Her younger brother was the late Richard D. Zanuck, the Academy Award-winning producer of such films as Jaws (1975), The Verdict (1982), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Road to Perdition (2002). Her father produced the original The Jazz Singer (1927) and founded Fox in 1933.
As a child, Darrylin frolicked on the Fox lot with child star Shirley Temple and was taught to ice skate by Olympic champion and actress Sonja Henie. She was a surfer and often told her children that the 1959 movie Gidget was really about her and her escapades.
She also studied fashion design at Fox under Oscar-winning costume designer Charles LeMaire and opened a boutique, Por la Condesa, named after a beach in Acapulco, in Santa Monica Canyon featuring her designs.
In the 1960s, Zanuck de Pineda moved to Acapulco and started a successful fundraiser named DAR that benefited orphanages. She premiered many of her father’s films and brought actors and musicians like Paul Newman, Sal Mineo, Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Herbie Hancock and Trini Lopez to visit.
Returning to Santa Monica in the 1980s, she started a fundraiser with philanthropist Sybil Brand, wife of 20th Century Fox press agent Harry Brand, to benefit children in Wahoo, Neb., her father’s birthplace. She also was involved in raising funds for the Navy League.
Zanuck de Pineda retired to the California desert in the early 2000s.
Her first husband was Robert L. Jacks, the producer of such television series as The Waltons and films including Bandolero! (1968).
In addition to Robin, survivors include her husband Julio, other daughters Linda and Wendy, son Robert, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.