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Also Known As: Died: January 21, 1959
Born: August 12, 1881 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Director ...
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1900:
Broadway acting debut in "Hearts Are Trumps"
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Member of the Standard Opera Company as director-actor
1907:
Acted for David Belasco
1910:
Made general manager of mother's DeMille Play Company
1913:
Formed motion picture firm Lasky Feature Play Company with Jesse L. Lasky, Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn) and Arthur Friend
1914:
First film as co-producer and co-director (with Oscar C. Apfel) "The Squaw Man" (first US feature film)
1916:
Helped devise a mechanical color tinting process for his "Joan the Woman"
1919:
Formed California's first commercial airline, Mercury Aviation Company
1921:
Formed Cecil B. DeMille Productions
1925:
Left Paramount (previously Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company)
1925:
Formed Cinema Corporation of America
1925:
First film as independent producer, "The Road to Yesterday"
:
Cinema Corporation of America merged with Pathe
1928:
With MGM
1931:
Helped form the Screen Directors Guild
1937:
Hired by Lever Brothers as sponsor of "Lux Radio Theater"
1938:
Offered Republican senator nomination (California)
1945:
Left "Lux Radio Theater"
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Formed DeMille Foundation for Political Freedom in late 1940s
1953:
Helmed the Oscar-winning Best Picture "The Greatest Show on Earth"

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