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Otto Preminger

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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

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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