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Otto Preminger

Director
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Net worth 2018: $18 Million
Residence: Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine
Country: Australian
BirthDay: 5 December 1905
Sigh: Capricorn
Died On: April 23, 1986
BIOGRAPHY

Otto Preminger was bornon 5 December 1905 in Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine, Australian, is Director. Otto Ludwig Preminger, nicknamed ‘Otto the terrible’, was an Austrian-American theatre and film director. As a child, he wanted to become a lawyer, inspired by his father who was a successful public prosecutor. By the time he was a teenager he discovered his passion for the stage and began directing plays. He eventually moved to the United States of America to work on Broadway. In 1944, he made a classic film Noir called ‘Laura’ which established him as a successful director. He quit theatre and went on to direct over 35 films during a career that spanned five-decades. While in the 1940s, he worked mostly with noir and mystery plots, in the 1950s and 1960s, he made films which were adapted from best sellers and stage works. He usually made films that explored controversial subjects like drug addiction as in ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ (1955), rape as in ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ (1959) and homosexuality as in ‘Advise & Consent’ (1962). He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

TIMELINE
1986

He died on 23 April 1986 in New York City after suffering from lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease

1979

His last picture was ‘The Human Factor’ (1979), an adaptation of Graham Greene’s espionage novel

1975

‘Rosebud’ (1975), a film about a yacht seized by terrorists, was again a commercial failure

1971

Next was ‘Such Good Friends’ (1971), a witty black comedy

1970

In 1970, he made ‘Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon’ (1970), a fable about love and friendship

1968

‘Skidoo’ (1968), a gangster comedy was believed to be his worst film

1967

He returned to the big screen with the drama, ‘Hurry Sundown’ (1967)

1966

In 1966, he took a break from directing to appear as the wicked Mr

1965

‘Bunny Lake Is Missing’ (1965) was despised by many at the time of its release but later developed a cult following

1962

‘Advise & Consent’ (1962) was a popular adaptation of an Allen Drury novel

1960

In the 1960s, he made ‘Exodus’ (1960), a 208 minute epic adapted from Leon Uris’s bestselling novel

1959

‘Anatomy of a Murder’ (1959) was a controversial strong courtroom drama with sexually explicit subject matter

1958

He then directed ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ (1958), an adaptation of Françoise Sagan’s best-selling novel about a teenage girl

1957

The film’s success was followed by a biopic on Joan of Arc, ‘Saint Joan’ (1957), which bombed at the box office

1955

‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ (1955), was a steadfast depiction of drug addiction, starring Frank Sinatra as a heroin user

1954

He returned to Fox in 1954 to make ‘River of No Return’ and ‘Carmen Jones’

1953

In 1953, he performed the role of a brutal Nazi commander in Billy Wilder’s ‘Stalag 17’

1952

He directed the underrated thriller ‘Angel Face’ in 1952 and continued to act intermittently as well

1951

He married Mary Gardner in 1951 and the two parted ways in 1959

1949

He then made two thrillers, ‘Whirlpool’ (1949) and ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ (1950) that became his trademark genre

1947

Continuing with the successful literary adaptations, he made ‘Daisy Kenyon’ (1947), based on a novel by Elizabeth Janeway

1945

Subsequently, he made ‘Fallen Angel’ (1945), a classic noir; ‘Centennial Summer’ (1946), a weak but colourful musical, his first film to be shot entirely in colour; and ‘Forever Amber’ (1947), a commercial success based on Kathleen Winsor’s bestseller

1944

‘Laura’ (1944) starred Dana Andrews as a cruel police detective who falls in love with a murder victim (Gene Tierney) during the course of his investigation

1943

Later on, he reprised his stage role in the film adaptation of ‘Margin for Error’ (1943) for Fox again

1942

In 1942, he returned to Hollywood to enact the role of a Nazi in Irving Pichel’s ‘The Pied Piper’ for Twentieth Century-Fox

1939

At Broadway he directed several plays, notably ‘Margin for Error’ (1939–40), in which he played the role of a Nazi

1938

He also taught stage direction at Yale University from 1938 to 1941

1936

His initial two American B-films were ‘Under Your Spell’ (1936) and ‘Danger—Love at Work’ (1937) for Twentieth Century-Fox

1935

He moved to the United States of America in 1935 and staged the Broadway play ‘Libel’ (1935–36) before embarking on his Hollywood career

1933

In 1933, Reinhardt made him producer-director of the famous Theatre in der Josefstadt

1932

His first marriage was to Marion Mill in 1932 and they divorced in 1949

1931

In 1931, he ventured into film making with the German film ‘Die Grosse Liebe’ (The Great Love)

1905

Otto Preminger was born on 5 December 1905, in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary, in a Jewish family, to Josefa and Markus Preminger

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