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Cecil B. DeMille

Film Director, Producer
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Net worth 2018: $300,000
Residence: Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 12 August 1881
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: January 21, 1959

Cecil B. DeMille was bornon 12 August 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S., American, is Film Director, Producer. Cecil Blount DeMille was a legendary American filmmaker. He is considered a founding father of Hollywood. His trademark films were the Biblical and historical dramas remarkable for their larger than life portrayal and big-budget scale productions along with his cinematic showmanship. Most of his films were almost invariably box office gold thus making him one of the most commercially successful director-producer in the history of cinema. The genres he treaded in films include Westerns, historical spectacles, social dramas, ethical plays, farcical plays and comedy stories. Beginning his acting career on stage he gradually forged ahead with writing and directing stage productions. His directorial debut ‘The Squaw Man’ remains the first feature film shot in Hollywood. With ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1923), he marked his debut in Biblical epics. The film not only garnered commercial and critical success but also held a revenue record for Paramount Pictures for 25 long years. ‘The King of Kings’ a biopic on Jesus Christ, directed by him became one of the most commercially successful films of the silent era. His other notable films include ‘Cleopatra’, his first film that bagged a nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Picture’; ‘Samson and Delilah’, a block-buster; ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, a circus drama that bagged ‘Oscar’ for best picture; and ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956), which is presently the 7th highest grossing film of all times. Apart from other awards and recognition he received ‘Academy Honorary Award’ in 1950 for making invaluable contribution to cinema.


DeMille succumbed to heart failure on January 21, 1959, in California


DeMille designed uniform of cadets at the newly established ‘United States Air Force Academy’ in 1954 at the behest of Secretary of Air Force, Harold E


Designated by Frank Wisner and Allen Dulles, he served board of anti-communist National Committee for a Free Europe in the early 1950s


DeMille himself performed in many films including ‘Variety girl’ (1947), ‘Son of Paleface’ (1952) and as narrator in ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956) among others


Some such remarkable films include the dramatic western film, ‘Union Pacific’ (1939), ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1949), ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ (1952) and ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956), which is a partial remake of his 1923 silent film of the same title


He later recalled that while staying in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, where the family operated a private school, he used to visit Christ Episcopal Church and it was at this church that he envisioned the story of the silent film, ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1923)


His other remarkable films of silent era included ‘The Warrens of Virginia’ (1915), ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1923), ‘The King of Kings’ (1927), and ‘The Godless Girl’ (1929)


His first film, a silent western drama ‘The Squaw Man’ that he co-directed with Oscar Apfel was released on February 12, 1914, in the US


DeMille’s 1913 theatrical production ‘Reckless Age’ garnered success, but overall it was a hard time for him, and he struggled to sustain his family comprising his wife and a little daughter


They had four children, one biological daughter Cecilia (born on October 5, 1908), one adopted daughter Katherine Lester and two adopted sons, Richard and John


He married Constance Adams, his co-star from ‘Hearts Are Trumps’ on August 16, 1902


He made his acting debut as a teenager in 1900 with the theatrical company of Charles Frohman on Broadway stage with the play, ‘Hearts Are Trumps’


DeMille joined ‘Pennsylvania Military College’ (presently ‘Widener University’) at fifteen years of age and completed his graduation in 1898


After his father succumbed to typhoid on February 10, 1893, his mother opened ‘Henry C


He was born on August 12, 1881, in Ashfield, Massachusetts, to Henry Churchill DeMille and Mathilda Beatrice Samuel DeMille

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