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Also Known As: Died: July 18, 1993
Born: February 26, 1900 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Romania Profession: director, screenwriter, stage decorator, second unit director, sketch artist, painter, actor, assistant producer, dish washer

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Former painter turned Hollywood director who moved to the US in 1927 and began his film career as a sketch artist for title designs and montage sequences. Negulesco later worked as an assistant producer, second unit director and co-screenwriter before making his first directorial effort, "Singapore Woman," in 1941. Negulesco did some of his finest directing for Warner Bros. in the 1940s, showing a flair for polished melodrama and film noir. The complexly plotted "The Mask of Dimitrios" (1944) was an admirable showcase for a debuting Zachary Scott and the Warner Bros. stock company, while "Three Strangers" (1946) brought together the formidable trio of Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald in an unusual tale of cross and double-cross. Negulesco's talents for showcasing his female stars was confirmed with the touching Ida Lupino vehicle, "Deep Valley" (1947) and the admirably adult "Johnny Belinda" (1948) in which Jane Wyman gave a memorable Oscar-winning performance as a deaf-mute rape victim.

Former painter turned Hollywood director who moved to the US in 1927 and began his film career as a sketch artist for title designs and montage sequences. Negulesco later worked as an assistant producer, second unit director and co-screenwriter before making his first directorial effort, "Singapore Woman," in 1941. Negulesco did some of his finest directing for Warner Bros. in the 1940s, showing a flair for polished melodrama and film noir. The complexly plotted "The Mask of Dimitrios" (1944) was an admirable showcase for a debuting Zachary Scott and the Warner Bros. stock company, while "Three Strangers" (1946) brought together the formidable trio of Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald in an unusual tale of cross and double-cross. Negulesco's talents for showcasing his female stars was confirmed with the touching Ida Lupino vehicle, "Deep Valley" (1947) and the admirably adult "Johnny Belinda" (1948) in which Jane Wyman gave a memorable Oscar-winning performance as a deaf-mute rape victim.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Hello--Goodbye (1970) Director
2.
  The Invincible Six (1970) Director
3.
  The Pleasure Seekers (1964) Director
4.
  Jessica (1962) Director
5.
  The World of Suzie Wong (1961) Addl dir
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  Count Your Blessings (1959) Director
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  The Best of Everything (1959) Director
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  A Certain Smile (1958) Director
9.
  The Gift of Love (1958) Director
10.
  Boy on a Dolphin (1957) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Autre, L' (1991) Interpreter
3.
 The Big Show (1957)
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1912:
Ran away from home at age 12 and made his way to Paris; supported himself by washing dishes (date approximate)
1915:
Returned to Romania with the outbreak of WWI (date approximate)
1927:
Came to the United States
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Earned a living for a time painting portraits
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Began his career in Hollywood as a sketch artist for Paramount Pictures; worked on films including "A Farewell to Arms" (1932) and "The Story of Temple Drake" (1933)
1937:
Began working as a feature film writer when he co-wrote the original story for "Fight for Your Lady" and the screenplay for "Expensive Husbands"
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Signed on with Warner Brothers
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Worked as a second-unit director and an assistant producer
1941:
Made directorial debut for Warners with "Singapore Woman"
1944:
Achieved critical success with his second film, "The Mask of Dimitrios"
1948:
Last film for Warner Brothers, "Johnny Belinda"
1948:
Joined 20th Century-Fox; first film there, "Road House"
1959:
Last film for 20th Century-Fox for five years, "The Best of Everything"
1961:
Went to Europe to film the US-French-Italian co-production, "Jessica"
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Moved to Marbella, Spain in the late 1960s
1970:
Made last films, "Hello-Goodbye" and "The Invincible Six"
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After retiring from filmmaking, collected art and dealt in real estate
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"Things I Did...and Things I Think I Did"

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