Spent childhood in Marseilles
Founded a literary journal, "Fortunio", published in Marseilles (later renamed "Les Cahiers du Sud")
Wrote first play, "Catulle/Catullus" (based on the life of the Roman poet), when he was 15
First collaborative effort, the one-act play "Ulysse Chez les Pheniciens/Ulysses in the House of the Phoenicians", with Arno Charles Brun
First novel, "La Petite Fille aux Yeux Sombres/The Little Girl with the Dark Eyes"
Moved to Paris; taught high school; co-authored "Les Marchands de Gloire/The Merchants of Glory" with Paul Nivoix
Quit teaching job when "Merchants" was staged at the Theatre de la Madeleine
Wrote "Jazz", a play based to some extent on his experiences as a teacher
Success of "Topaze" and "Marius" cemented Pagnol's popularity and reputation
Granted film rights to "Topaze" to Paramount Publix, the French subsidiary of the American film studio; film made by Louis Gasnier the following year
First film adaptation of a Pagnol work, "Marius", directed by Alexander Korda, the first installment in what would become known as his "Marseilles trilogy"
Produced first film, "Fanny", directed by Marc Allegret, the second installment in his trilogy
First American adaptation of a Pagnol work, "Topaze", directed by Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast from a Ben Hecht script for RKO
Formed film production company, "Les Auteurs Associes", with a studio in Marseilles; made arrangements with several local theaters to serve as outlets for his films
Co-directed first film, "Direct au Coeur/Straight from the Heart" (with Roger Lion)
Solo directed first film, "Le Gendre de Monsieur Poirier"
Initiated collaboration with writer Jean Giono (1895-1970) on "Jofroi/Ways of Love"
Produced "Toni", directed by Jean Renoir
Changed name of company to "La Societe des Films Marcel Pagnol
Wrote and directed conclusion of Marseilles trilogy, "Cesar", directly for the screen
Directed his own remake of "Topaze"
Made best-remembered film outside of Marseilles trilogy, "La Femme du boulanger/The Baker's Wife"
Ended working relationship with Giono after a falling out between the two men (date approximate)
Inducted into the Academie Francaise, the first filmmaker to be so honored
Directed "Le Belle Meuniere", starring Tino Rossi, experimenting with new color film process, Rouxcolor
Directed another remake of "Topaze"
Theatrical impresario David Merrick produced a Broadway musical, "Fanny" based on Pagnol's Marseille trilogy
Directed last film, "Les Lettres de Mon Moulin/Letters from My Windmill"
Retired from the cinema to write plays and four volumes of memoirs under the heading "Souvenirs D'Enfance/Memories of Childhood"
Published "L'Eau des Collines/The Water of the Hills", a two-volume epic reworking earlier material; later adapted into Claude Berri's acclaimed films "Jean De Florette" and "Manon of the Spring" (both 1986)
London stage revival of Stephen Schwartz musical, "The Baker's Wife" directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Alun Armstrong