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Former vaudevillian (his first wife, Josephine, was the sister of George M. Cohan) and stage director who began working for the Ince studio in 1917. Niblo began his screen career turning out silent films starring his second wife, Enid Bennett. Handling mostly romantic costume spectacles, he directed Rudolph Valentino ("Blood and Sand" 1922), Douglas Fairbanks ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920, "The Three Musketeers" 1921), Greta Garbo ("The Temptress" 1926 and "The Mysterious Lady" 1928) and Norma Talmadge ("Camille" 1927) during the 1920s, but was best known for the epic spectacle "Ben Hur" (1926). Niblo's career declined rather abruptly with the introduction of sound and he later returned to acting in film and on the stage.
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Shot travelogues on round-the-world cruise; gave lantern lectures on travels
Became comapny manager and actor for George M. Cohan and Sam Harris
Took American repertory company to Australia on tour
Starred in one film and directed one film for Australian theatrical company, J.C. Williamson
Joined Thomas Ince's studios as a "producing director"
Directed first film, "A Desert Wooing"
Major career boost with the production of "The Mark of Zorro"
Assigned to complete "Ben Hur", begun by the Goldwyn company in 1922 but inherited by MGM; journeyed to Italy to do location shooting
Co-founded Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Directed first sound film, "Redemption", starring John Gilbert
Directed last film, "Blame the Woman"