Associated with director Max Reinhardt, appearing in his stage productions
Began acting in movies in Germany
Made directorial debut with the short film "Fraulein Seifenschaum"/"Miss Soapsuds"
Moved to USA; put under contract to Mary Pickford
First American film "Rosita", starring Pickford
Gained critical acclaim and popular success in the US with such satirical romantic comedies as "Lady Windemere's Fan" and "So This Is Paris"
Signed contract with Paramount
Helmed the silent "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg", starring Ramon Navarro and Norma Shearer
Received first Best Director Oscar nomination for "The Patriot"
First sound film, "The Love Parade", his first pairing of Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald; garnered second Best Director Academy Award nomination
Made the atypical pacifict drama "The Man I Killed"
Became an American citizen
Served as production chief at Paramount
Returned to directing; directed first film in three years, "Angel"
Was briefly with MGM, for whom he made "Ninotckha" and "The Shop Around the Corner"
Directed the delightful wartime comedy "To Be or Not To Be", teaming Jack Benny and Carole Lombard
Signed contract with Fox
Earned third Best Director Oscar nomination for "Heaven Can Wait"
Completed last film, "Cluny Brown"
Died while working on "That Lady in Ermine" (1948); film completed by Otto Preminger; Lubitsch given screen credit