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Also Known As: Herbert Biberman, Herbert Biberman Died: June 30, 1971
Born: March 4, 1900 Cause of Death: bone cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, assistant stage manager, businessman

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Stage actor and director who joined Columbia in 1935 and directed three films before being victimized as one of the "Hollywood Ten" in 1947. After serving a six-month jail term for contempt of Congress, Biberman made "Salt of the Earth" (1954), a potent socialist drama about striking New Mexico mineworkers. The film earned critical acclaim in Europe but, due to continued blacklisting, did not enjoy general US release until 1965. Biberman was married to actress Gale Sondergaard from 1930.

Stage actor and director who joined Columbia in 1935 and directed three films before being victimized as one of the "Hollywood Ten" in 1947. After serving a six-month jail term for contempt of Congress, Biberman made "Salt of the Earth" (1954), a potent socialist drama about striking New Mexico mineworkers. The film earned critical acclaim in Europe but, due to continued blacklisting, did not enjoy general US release until 1965. Biberman was married to actress Gale Sondergaard from 1930.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Slaves (1969) Director
2.
  Salt of the Earth (1954) Director
3.
  The Master Race (1944) Director
4.
  Eight Bells (1935) Dialogue Director

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Worked in family texile business before returning to college to study drama
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Joined New York Theater Guild as actor, stage manager and director
1935:
Signed with Columbia; film directing debut, "One Way Ticket"
1939:
First screenwriting credit (story only), "King of Chinatown"
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Founded Hollywood Anti-Nazi League
1950:
Sentenced to 6-month jail term by HUAC
1954:
Sole film directed during blacklist, the independently made "Salt of the Earth"
1969:
Co-wrote and directed last film, "Slaves"
1997:
Status as one of the founders and members of the Screen Directors' Guild, the precusor of the Directors Guild of America, was posthumously restored
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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wife:
Gale Sondergaard. Actor. Married in 1930.

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daughter:
Mrs John Campos. Survived him.

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