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Also Known As: Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, Joseph Mankiewicz, Joseph Mankiewicz Died: February 5, 1993
Born: February 11, 1909 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, actor, translator of silent film titles, journalist

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Having followed brother Herman J. Mankiewicz's footsteps into motion pictures, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went from prominent writer to prolific producer to esteemed director over the course of his long career. Along the way, he won a total of four Academy Awards - two for writing and two for directing. Mankiewicz entered the business as a writer, working for Paramount Pictures and later MGM, where he segued into producing. He was finally given a shot at directing after 20 years in Hollywood, and almost immediately earned a reputation as a literate director with films like "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "A Letter to Three Wives" (1948). He hit directorial peak with "All About Eve" (1950), a showbiz slice-of-life that earned a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six. From there, he directed the excellent, but little-known spy movie "5 Fingers" (1952) and steered Marlon Brando toward a third Oscar nomination for his performance in "Julius Caesar" (1953). After helming "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), he helmed the musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and personal favorite "The Quiet American" (1958), before running into behind-the-scenes trouble on "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959). But his career came...

Having followed brother Herman J. Mankiewicz's footsteps into motion pictures, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went from prominent writer to prolific producer to esteemed director over the course of his long career. Along the way, he won a total of four Academy Awards - two for writing and two for directing. Mankiewicz entered the business as a writer, working for Paramount Pictures and later MGM, where he segued into producing. He was finally given a shot at directing after 20 years in Hollywood, and almost immediately earned a reputation as a literate director with films like "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "A Letter to Three Wives" (1948). He hit directorial peak with "All About Eve" (1950), a showbiz slice-of-life that earned a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six. From there, he directed the excellent, but little-known spy movie "5 Fingers" (1952) and steered Marlon Brando toward a third Oscar nomination for his performance in "Julius Caesar" (1953). After helming "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), he helmed the musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and personal favorite "The Quiet American" (1958), before running into behind-the-scenes trouble on "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959). But his career came crashing down under the immense weight of "Cleopatra" (1963), a massively over-budget epic that nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox and left him a pariah in the eyes of the industry. Though he would only direct one more feature, Mankiewicz sealed his legend as an esteemed member of a prominent Hollywood clan.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sleuth (1972) Director
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  The Honey Pot (1967) Director
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  Cleopatra (1963) Director
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  Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Director
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  The Quiet American (1958) Director
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  Guys and Dolls (1955) Director
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  The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) (Archival Footage)
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 Hello Actors Studio (1987) Himself
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 50 Years of Action! (1986) Himself
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 Woman Trap (1929) Reporter
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 Ava Gardner (1992) Interviewee
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1928:
Moved to Hollywood
1929:
Played a bit part as a reporter in the feature film, "Woman Trap"
1933:
Was a co-founder of the Screen Writer's Guild
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Became a producer; worked at MGM
1946:
Directed first film, "Dragonwyck"
1961:
Career harmed by the costly, scandal-ridden and prolonged filming of "Cleopatra"
1963:
Was one of five filmmakers (along with Carl Foreman, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa and Elia Kazan) interviewed in the documentary short, "The Directors"
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Appeared in the feature documentaries "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" (1985), "50 Years of Action" (1986), and "Hello Actors Studio" (1987)
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Education

Stuyvesant High School: New York , New York -
P S 64: New York , New York -
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1928

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wife:
Elizabeth Young. Married in 1934; divorced in 1937; mother of Eric Mankiewicz.
wife:
Rosa Stradner. Married in 1939 until her death in 1958; mother of Christopher and Thomas.
companion:
Judy Garland. Actor, singer. Had on again, off again relationship in the 1940s.
wife:
Rosemary Mankiewicz. Married in 1962; mother of Alexandra.
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brother:
Herman J Mankiewicz. Screenwriter. Born in 1897; died in 1953.
son:
Eric Mankiewicz. Mother, Elizabeth Young.
son:
Christopher Mankiewicz. Mother, Rosa Stradner.
son:
Tom Mankiewicz. Screenwriter, director, producer. Born on June 1, 1942; mother, Rosa Stradner.
daughter:
Alexandra Mankiewicz. Mother, Rosemary Matthews.
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