David Addison Helms

(1908 – 1981)

California-born artist David Addison Helms painted at MGM with George Gibson for 45 years and was a member of the prestigious Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles. Counted among MGM’s skymen, he painted memorable skies for The Wizard of Oz (1939), Gone with the Wind (1939), and Ben-Hur (1959). Helms would go on to paint all the skies for Alfred J. Hitchcock’s 1963 classic film, The Birds.



Ferrell, Wilbur. 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023 Telephone and in-person interviews with Karen L. Maness.

David Addison Helms 1946

David Addison Helms 1946

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo Estate