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Overview for James Whale
James Whale

James Whale


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Also Known As: Died: May 29, 1957
Born: July 22, 1889 Cause of Death: committed suicide by drowning
Birth Place: West Midlands, England, GB Profession: Director ...


companion: Doris Zinkeisen. Costume designer, art director. She and Whale were engaged for a brief period in the 1920s, but called off the wedding and remained lifelong friends thereafter.
companion: David Lewis. Producer. Worked as an associate producer at RKO (1933-34) and at MGM (1935-37); became a full producer at Warner Bros. (1938-43) and served as such on several films at Paramount in 1944; later produced several films independently for various studios between 1945 and 1957; he and Whale met in 1929, they lived together c. 1930-1954 and remained close friends thereafter; Whale's will left one-sixth of his estate to Lewis; died in 1987.
companion: Pierre Foegel. Met Whale in Paris when the director was traveling abroad c. 1951; Foegel became his chauffeur, housekeeper and traveling companion; moved in with Whale c. 1952; separated; Whale's will left one-sixth of his estate to Foegel.

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