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Also Known As: S P Eagle, S. P. Eagle Died: December 31, 1985
Born: November 11, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: producer

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Viennese-born producer who began his career as a story translator in Hollywood in 1927. Soon after, Spiegel moved to Berlin, where he worked on French and German versions of several Universal films. He fled the Nazis in 1933 and independently produced several films before returning to Hollywood in 1935.Spiegel established himself in the American industry in the early 1940s, using the pseudonym "S.P. Eagle" and scoring with such excellent productions as Orson Welles' "The Stranger" (1946) and John Huston's "The African Queen" (1952). He resumed the use of his real name for his credit on "On the Waterfront" (1954) and the "Spiegel" imprimatur went on to adorn such notable, independently produced films as "The Bridge On the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962).

Viennese-born producer who began his career as a story translator in Hollywood in 1927. Soon after, Spiegel moved to Berlin, where he worked on French and German versions of several Universal films. He fled the Nazis in 1933 and independently produced several films before returning to Hollywood in 1935.

Spiegel established himself in the American industry in the early 1940s, using the pseudonym "S.P. Eagle" and scoring with such excellent productions as Orson Welles' "The Stranger" (1946) and John Huston's "The African Queen" (1952). He resumed the use of his real name for his credit on "On the Waterfront" (1954) and the "Spiegel" imprimatur went on to adorn such notable, independently produced films as "The Bridge On the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962).

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Worked as a "Young Pioneer" in Palestine in the early 1920s
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Moved to USA as lecturer at University of California at Berkeley; heard by MGM producer Paul Bern who hired him as a reader of original stories in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish
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Returned to Europe, re-filming Universal pictures (including "All Quiet on the Western Front") for foreign distribution
1933:
Independently produced several films following his departure from Nazi Germany
1939:
Returned to Hollywood
1942:
First US production, "Tales of Manhattan" (credited as S.P. Eagle)
1954:
Resumed use of name "Sam Spiegel" on credits
1983:
Produced last film, "Betrayal"
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Education

University of Vienna: -

Notes

"You make a star, you make a monster" --quote attributed to Sam Spiegel

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wife:
Betty Benson. Third wife.

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daughter:
Alisa Freedman.
son:
Adam Spiegel.

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