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Overview for Orson Welles
Orson Welles

Orson Welles


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Also Known As: Died: October 9, 1985
Born: May 6, 1915 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...


father: Richard Head Welles. Manufacturer, inventor, hotel owner. Born in Missouri in 1872; died on December 28, 1930 in Chicago of heart and kidney failure at age 58; made money as manufacturer of bicycle and auto lamps in Kinosha Wisconsin; sold business so as not to have to change from the popular carbide lamp he had invented to electrical model; invented glider attached to steam-driven engine.
mother: Beatrice Welles. Amateur concert pianist, composer. Born in Springfield, Ohio c. 1879, died on May 10, 1924 of acute yellow atrophy of the liver at age 43.
guardian: Maurice Bernstein. Doctor. Discovered Orson Welles to be a prodigy at 18 months of age; gave Welles artistic gifts; named Welles' legal guardian after father's death in 1930; nicknamed "Dadda" by Welles.
brother: Richard Ives Welles. Ten years Orson's senior; expelled from Todd School; institutionalized in mental homes during the early 1930s.
daughter: Christopher Feder. Born 1937; mother Virginia Nicholson; appeared as MacDuff's son in "Chimes at Midnight".
daughter: Rebecca Welles. Born in 1944; mother, Rita Hayworth.
daughter: Beatrice Welles-Smith. Cosmetics company owner. Born in November 1955; mother, Paola Mori; named after Welles' mother; played a page in father's movie "Chimes at Midnight" (1966); owns Beatrice Welles, a cosmetics company; married to Christoper Smith (a supplier of in-room movies to Las Vegas hotels); lives in Welles' Las Vegas home.

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