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Also Known As: Died: April 16, 1991
Born: March 25, 1908 Cause of Death: double pneumonia compounded by throat cancer
Birth Place: Croydon, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Given Kodak Box Brownie camera by uncle at age 12, developed interest in photography
1927:
Worked for father's accounting firm at the age of 19 (date approximate)
1927:
Began working for Gaumont-British studios as tea-boy, then number-board holder, messenger and camera assistant
1930:
Graduated to newsreel editor; then put in charge of Gaumont Sound News
1935:
Began cutting feature films with "Escape Me Never"
1942:
First film as co-director (with Noel Coward), "In Which We Serve"
1944:
First film as solo director and first film as co-adaptor (with Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan), "This Happy Breed"
1942:
Formed Cineguild with Noel Coward, Ronald Neame 1nd Anthony Havelock-Allan
1974:
Subject of British TV documentary, "David Lean: A Life in Film"
1979:
TV directing debut: Lean directed and hosted a documentary on explorer Capt. James Cook, "The Story of Cook's Anchor" for New Zealand TV
1991:
Production of "Nostromo", his 17th film, halted when Lean became ill with throat cancer (February)

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