From her earliest childhood, Suzanne Lloyd lived at the Harold Lloyd estate, Greenacres (a National Registry of Historic Monuments) with her mother, Gloria, and grandparents Harold and Mildred Lloyd. Harold Lloyd was a popular silent film star. He produced and starred in over 200 films in his 30-year career. Harold recognized Suzanne’s aptitude for business and left specific provisions in his will that she would be the family representative working on all matters related to his films, his image and his legacy. He died in 1971 leaving his 19 year-old granddaughter as a trustee to his film library.
The Harold Lloyd library is the largest film library privately held. It is a daunting project for any individual to undertake without studio support. The films, many of them 80 years old were in desperate need of restoration. The original nitrate negatives needed to be digitized to tape to preserve them for a new generation. New scores were also needed as the majority of the films in the library are silent. With the help of UCLA and philanthropist, David Packard, Sue began the arduous task of restoring the classic films. Suzanne has devoted herself to film preservation and sits on the board of the American Film Institute.
In 2002, Turner Classic Movies stepped forward and offered to show thirty Harold Lloyd movies on their cable channel. The films debuted in April, 2003 on TCM – Harold Lloyd Month. Suzanne appeared on camera with host, Robert Osborne, to discuss the films and her famous grandfather.
In the last few years, Suzanne Lloyd has contracted over 100 film festivals throughout the United States including: the Film Forum in New York, Lincoln Center, Telluride, Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival and sell-out crowds in 2000 seat theatres in Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. The Lloyd films have been shown in film festivals in Scotland, Holland, Belgium and beyond. Suzanne has been a guest speaker in Italy’s Pordenone Film Festival and the UK’s British Film Institute.
Suzanne was the executive producer of the British documentary, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1992), written and directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. The film was nominated for an EMMY award and ran on PBS under the banner of the Academy Masters Series. The film was licensed to over thirty countries through Britain’s Thames Television International.
The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences kicked off its 70th year anniversary with a screening of Speedy (1928), recently restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archives. An exhibit of Harold Lloyd’s Rogues’ Gallery, a private collection of over 200 autographed photographs of stars, famous personalities, politicians, and athletes from the ’20s and ’30s accompanied the event.
Suzanne continues to protect and market the work, image and legacy of Harold Lloyd. Other accomplishments include a unique book, 3-D Hollywood (Simon and Schuster) featuring award-winning photography from the camera of Harold Lloyd. In 2002, Suzanne toured the country appearing on TV and radio shows to promote her new book about her famous grandfather, Harold Lloyd Master Comedian, (Abrams). In October 2004, Black Dog & Leventhal released Harold Lloyd’s Hollywood Nudes in 3D.
Suzanne has archived over 3000 stills from the film library. The nitrate negatives are housed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The images are licensed with both Getty Images and Corbis Motion.
Suzanne also produced DVDs of her grandfather’s films with New Line Home Entertainment – The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection. In addition, Suzanne is currently developing a remake of “Safety Last!” with producer, Mark Gordon
During the 1920’s Harold Lloyd was the most successful film star in the world. When he died, an important film library was bestowed upon his granddaughter. Suzanne Lloyd considers it an honor to preserve and promote Harold Lloyd’s legacy for future generations.