Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B DeMille 2Born: 12 August 1881
Died: 21 January 1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille was born on this day in 1881.

He began his career as a stage actor but moved into writing and directing stage productions. His first film, The Squaw Man (1914) which he both directed and produced, was the first feature-length film to be made in Hollywood. It became a huge success, putting Hollywood on the map and beginning a successful career for DeMille.

During the silent era he worked with The Lasky Company, which would later become Paramount Pictures, and became known for the films Male and Female (1919), Manslaughter (1922) and The Godless Girl (1929). By the end of the silent era he had become Hollywood’s most successful director.

He made the transition to ‘talkies’ with ease and even contributed his own innovations to the industry such as creating a microphone boom, soundproof camera and popularised the camera crane. All making the filmmaking process a lot easier.

During the sound era he became known for the films The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Samson and Delilah (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) which won him the Best Picture Academy Award as both producer and director.

In 1950 he was the recipient of an Academy Honorary Award for being a “distinguished motion picture pioneer for 37 years of brilliant showmanship.”

Read more at The Internet Movie Database.

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