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Also Known As: Died: June 5, 1959
Born: July 27, 1900 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: director, screenwriter, singer, editor, assistant director

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Editor and assistant director with UFA who arrived in the US in 1924 and, after a stint with a Wagnerian opera company and in a Broadway chorus, left for Hollywood. Vidor made his directorial debut in 1931 with the self-financed short, "The Bridge", which landed him a contract with MGM. In 1932 he co-directed his first feature, "The Mask of Fu Manchu", one of the finest screen adaptations of the Sax Rohmer novels. Vidor was noted for his ability to impart a technical fluency to routine subjects; among the best of his prolific output were "Ladies in Retirement" (1941), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) and "The Joker Is Wild" (1957). Vidor was also responsible for the trailblazing psychological study, "Blind Alley" (1939), and the two Rita Hayworth vehicles that cemented her stardom: the arresting musical, "Cover Girl" (1944), and the steamy noir thriller, "Gilda" (1946).

Editor and assistant director with UFA who arrived in the US in 1924 and, after a stint with a Wagnerian opera company and in a Broadway chorus, left for Hollywood. Vidor made his directorial debut in 1931 with the self-financed short, "The Bridge", which landed him a contract with MGM. In 1932 he co-directed his first feature, "The Mask of Fu Manchu", one of the finest screen adaptations of the Sax Rohmer novels. Vidor was noted for his ability to impart a technical fluency to routine subjects; among the best of his prolific output were "Ladies in Retirement" (1941), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) and "The Joker Is Wild" (1957). Vidor was also responsible for the trailblazing psychological study, "Blind Alley" (1939), and the two Rita Hayworth vehicles that cemented her stardom: the arresting musical, "Cover Girl" (1944), and the steamy noir thriller, "Gilda" (1946).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Song Without End (1960) Director
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  A Farewell to Arms (1957) Director
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  The Joker Is Wild (1957) Director
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  The Swan (1956) Director
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  Love Me or Leave Me (1955) Director
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  Rhapsody (1954) Director
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  Thunder in the East (1953) Director
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  Hans Christian Andersen (1952) Director
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  Edge of Doom (1950) Dir of opening and closing seq

CAST: (feature film)

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Served as infantry lieutenant during WWI
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Worked as assistant cutter and assitant director at UFA studios, Berlin, in early 1920s
1924:
Moved to USA; sang with English Grand opera company; worked in Broadway chorus and as longshoreman
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Moved to Hollywood; worked as assistant to Alexander Korda; worked as assistant director, editor and scriptwriter in late 1920s
1931:
Directed first independent short, "The Bridge"
1932:
Joined MGM; directed first feature, "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (uncredited; co-directed with Charles Brabin)
1933:
Directed first solo feature, "Sensation Hunters"
1939:
Joined Columbia Pictures
1949:
Quit Columbia after dispute with Harry Cohn; settled breach-of-contract suit out of court; returned to MGM
1956:
Formed Aurora Productions
1959:
Suffered heart attack in Vienna while filming "Magic Flame" (completed by George Cukor as "Song Without End")
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Education

University of Budapest: -
University of Berlin: -

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wife:
Karen Morley. Actor. Married in 1932; divorced in 1943.
wife:
Doris Warner LeRoy. Married in 1945; daughter of Harry Warner (of Warner Bros.); formerly married to Mervyn LeRoy.

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son:
Michael Vidor. Mother Karen Morley.
son:
Quentin Vidor. Mother, Doris Warner Leroy.
son:
Brian Vidor. Restaurateur. Mother, Doris Warner Leroy; married to Sara Munson; son Zubin LeRoy Vidor born in April 2001.

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