Producer Ted Field was born 6/1/53 in Chicago, Illinois. He was named Frederick Woodruff Field.
The music mogul-turned-movie producer partied a lot with the late Don Simpson and Joel Silver.
Field dislikes publicity and rarely gives interviews. He did not answer my request.
A Disney exec told the 11/90 issue of Vanity Fair: "Ted Field knows no more about day to day producing than you do. Bob Cort [Ted's former partner] is the one who calls the shots."
An ex-employee of Fields' former company Interscope told VF: "It's true that Ted has seen more movies than almost anyone because he's had more time. But his [producing] role is just that of a dilettante. People who say no to him often get moved out of his life."
The sequel to the book You'll Never Make Love in this Town Again (the recollections of hookers), Once More with Feeling, describes interactions between prostitutes and producers Robert Evans, Ted Field, and actors Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Dennis Hopper and Charlie Sheen.
Ted likes to wear leather jackets and sunglasses. He's a big supporter of the Democratic Party and former President Bill Clinton.
From the Boston Globe 4/22/99: "Hollywood's contempt for public concern about the ceaseless stream of violent media was perfectly captured in a quote from Ted Field, the Marshall Field department store heir and co-founder of Interscope. "You can tell the people who want to stop us from releasing controversial rap music one thing," said Field: "Kiss my ass.""
From Los Angeles Times March, 1996: If the public's perception of Leary and LSD is irresponsible behavior for an irresponsible time, it couldn't be further from reality, says Ted Field, chairman and chief executive Interscope Films, which produced the recent box-office hits "Jumanji" and "Mr. Holland's Opus."
"The irony is, Tim, a brilliant Harvard psychologist, came to embody that slogan and that time. But the fact is, he began an experiment using drugs because he felt that psychotherapy had stalled," Field says. "In what became known as the Harvard experiment, he used prisoners to see if these mind-expanding drugs would alter their behavior positively and help cure the recidivism rate of prisoners slipping back into the system after release. When some divinity students learned of the drug and the experiment, they used it to see if they could come in contact with God.
"And that's the irony. It was this responsible project at Harvard, done under rigorous sanctions, that went awry. You have to ask yourself, `How did an institution like that ever allow this in the first place?' But Leary became the experiment's victim and wound up as a political vanguard."
"Considering the political climate of the moment, I'm sure this film will be vilified as a pro-drug piece from the people who brought you (gangsta rappers) Tupac Shakur and Snoop Doggy Dogg," Field adds. "I defend my rap group music unabashedly just as I will this film. But again, `Leary' (the working title) will have a neutral point of view about an experiment that went awry and how it changed a whole generation."
From Libertyhaven.com: "Bankrolled by Hollywood moguls such as Ted Field, Norman Lear's People for the American Way launched a massive propaganda campaign against [Professor Bernard] Siegan and flooded the land with a slick 39-page document opposing his nomination. The campaign rivaled the vicious slanders against Robert Bork. The radical National Lawyers Guild expressed "vehement opposition" to Siegan's appointment."
Dr. C. Delores Tucker, national chair of the national Political Council of Black Women, told Congress 6/16/97: "Gangsta music is drugs-driven, race-driven, sex-driven, greed-driven and violence-driven. The wealthy mavens of the record industry - for example, Ted Field, heir to the Marshall Field fortune and owner of Interscope Records, Edgar Brontman, millionaire owner of Seagrams, who recently bought an interest in Interscope Records from Field - prey on the hapless and desperately poor, young black artists to produce gangsta rap filth and will simply accept nothing else. These young artists, many of them highly talented, living as they do in communities where there are no jobs, families are ripped apart, surviving where everything is bottomed out, are easy prey. Self-hate is all consuming. The desperate need for money and the life status it brings, reigns."
Tom Muzlia tells martialartsmagazine.com: "I worked with Ted Field as his personal bodyguard. He was an heir to the Marshall Field Department Stores, and one of the biggest movie producers. I worked with him for 5 years. Field was a democratic supporter and had a lot of meetings with important people in his home. Clinton came to his house before he became president. I had the responsibility to cover that one. I traveled around the world with Ted on various six week excursions. The most complicated ones were at Aspen and all through Europe. I also had to protect his kids during this period. Mr. Field was very careful with his family and friends, because of the Patty Hurst kidnapping. Usually on these trips there would be ten or more bodyguards covering the operation and we would stay in the best hotels. One of my jobs in Europe was to carry cash. I did it in a brown paper bag to be inconspicious."
After university, producer Peter Samuelson teamed up with actor Donald Sutherland on several Canadian movies. On A Man, a Woman, and a Bank, the financing fell apart due to a change in Canadian tax-shelter laws. So Peter wrote to Ted Field, 25 years old at the time and the inheritor of sevearl hundred million dollars from Marshall Field. Ted ate lunch with Peter and agreed to put up the missing half of the budget. The experience of working with Peter turned out so well that Field proposed that the two of them go into business together. From 1980-84, Samuelson headed the film division of Field's company, Interscope Communications. In 1984, Peter helped Field's $40-million buyout of Panavision. Four years later, Field sold it for $100 million.
From the September, 2001, issue of Los Angeles magazine: "Near a buffet table piled with crab cakes and Peking duck, [Peter Bart] makes a lunch date with Ted Field, a music and film mogul to whom Bart gave his first break in the movie business. It was the early '80s, and Bart was senior vice president of production at MGM. "When I was at MGM I said to Ted, 'Why don't you get a picture going? Here's an idea. If you want it, it's yours,'" Bart says, explaining how he sold Field a treatment that he had written with his youngest daughter, Dilys. The treatment became the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds, and the sale helped pay Dilys's way through Stanford University."
Axel Madsen published in 2002 his book "The Marshall Fields: The Evolution of an American Business Dynasty." According to the publisher Wiley Europe: Like J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field was one of the overlords of triumphant capitalism in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century. However, his phenomenal wealth and generous philanthropy masked a disastrous personal life. Deserted by his wife and alienated from his children, the founder of the Field dynasty left a legacy of immense wealth and misery to match.
The Marshall Fields recounts the classic tale of Field’s spectacular success as well as the tragic story of a man who, while making millions by knowing what women wanted, had no inkling of his own wife’s emotional needs. This revealing account follows the next five generations of the Field family, concentrating on the most important and controversial figures in each generation. What emerges is a startling saga of money, madness, and mystery.
From the son who may have been shot by a chorus girl to the great-great grandson who used his millions to create Hollywood fantasies, Field’s descendants have caromed wildly between rebellion and folly. Their story offers a new and penetrating take on wealth, success, and the nightmare that often accompanies the American dream.
From UK Megastar 7/16/99: Rod Stewart is said to have popped the question to a blonde pin-up he's dated just a few weeks. The 54-year-old superstar rocker with a passion for golden-haired babes half his age is said to be nuts about ex-Playboy model Tracy Tweed.
In 1988 the Canadian-born model was fined £200 after admitting going on a spree with a stolen chequebook. It belonged to her British lover James Golfar, who kicked her out after she fell pregnant. Tracy used some of the cash for an abortion.
The 34-year-old blonde is the younger sister of former Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed - the one-time girlfriend of Playboy boss Hugh Heffner. Rod's new love, who has also posed for Playboy, has a baby girl by mogul Ted Field and now writes children's books. Rod started dating her just three days after splitting from blonde Kimberley Conrad - ex-wife of Hefner.
New York Post's Page Six 1/18/99: EVEN models have minds of their own. Entertainment mogul Ted Field found that out the hard way on his annual beauty-soaked pilgrimage to St. Barts over the New Year.
The Interscope chief rented real estate mogul Jeff Suffolk's Gulfstream II to fly half a dozen models and a few pals to the posh resort island to spend time on a $50 million, 180-ft. chartered yacht complete with casino. Field and pals had plenty of time to enjoy the girls' company. For one thing, the ship never actually docked in the port. And anyone wanting off had to wait for a tender that could only take one at a time, usually to go on Field-sponsored shopping expeditions escorted by a crew member. A couple of the girls couldn't handle the restrictions, however.
Another girl who went AWOL from the Field trip was escorted to the airport, but after going through security, she snuck back out and stayed on the island to play with some new pals. Sources say Field played it cool in spite of the defections, but his henchman David Rich, who arranged for the pretty cargo, was plenty.
Tom writes on rec.autos.sport.indy 11/12/97: "Did someone mention Ted Field, of the Marshall Field fortune, in the rich guy catagory? He provided cars for Danny Ongias many years. Not a bad driver himself, having won the Daytona 24 and racing IMSA and LeMans for many years. There's a sizable article about his record business in the Nov. 10th Time magazine. He's now bald, grey, and beardless. He bought Panavision after leaving racing and for years had his name in the credits of dozens of top movies. Now he is apparently a major music guy. The name of the business? Interscope, of course."