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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 1999
Born: January 16, 1898 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Immigrated to USA; sources are divided over at what age he arrived in the USA; most indicate c. 1906 when he was eight years of age, although some claim he arrived after WWI in order to study law at NYU
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While studying at NYU, joined the Washington Square Players as a stage director
1936:
Signed by Warner Bros.; worked initially as a dialogue coach and assistant director; worked under Michael Curtiz and William Dieterle
1937:
Served as dialogue director on "Kid Galahd"
1938:
Turned down several directing assignments while waiting for the right script
1941:
Feature directorial debut, "Shining Victory"; sources claim that Bette Davis made a cameo appearance as a nurse
1941:
First major success as a director, "One Foot in Heaven", which was one of the 10 nominees that year for the Best Picture Oscar; replaced Anatole Litvak
1942:
Helmed what is considered his best feature, the Davis vehicle "Now, Voyager", also starring Claude Rains and Paul Henried
1944:
Made first biopic, "The Adventures of Mark Twain", starring Frederic March
1945:
Reteamed with Davis as director of "The Corn Is Green"
1945:
Directed "Rhapsody in Blue", the whitewashed musical biopic of George Gershwin
1946:
Reteamed Davis, Henreid and Rains in "Deception"
1947:
Left Warner Bros.
1949:
First film as a free-lancer, "Anna Lucasta"
1950:
Returned to Warner Bros. to helm "The Glass Menagerie"
1952:
Final film with Bette Davis, "Another Man's Poison"; shot in England
1956:
Directed "The Brave One", loosely inspired by "Androcles and the Lion"
1958:
Returned to Warner Bros. as director of "Marjorie Morningstar", starring Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly
1960:
Went to Italy to direct several films, beginning with "Joseph and His Brethren"
1962:
Last film for eight years, the Italian-French co-production, "Pontius Pilate"
1970:
Made return to feature directing with "The Christine Jorgensen Story"
1978:
Again returned to filmmaking; directed last film, "Born Again", the biopic of Watergate conspirator turned Christian Charles Colson

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