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Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille (August 12 1881 - January 21 1959) was one of the most successful filmmakers during the first half of the 20th century. He directed hundreds of silent shorts before coming into huge popularity during the 1920s, when he reached the apex of his popularity with such films as Don't Change Your Husband (1919), The Ten Commandments (1923), and The King of Kings (1927).

While he continued to be prolific throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he is probably best known for his 1956 film The Ten Commandments (which is very different from his 1923 film by the same title). Also representative of his penchant for the spectacular was the 1952 production of The Greatest Show on Earth which gave DeMille an Oscar for best picture and a nomination for best director.

He died in 1959 and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Cecil B. DeMille Facts

Birth NameCecil Blount DeMille
OccupationDirector, Producer, Actor
BirthdayAugust 12, 1881
BirthplaceAshfield, Massachusetts, USA
Date of deathJanuary 21, 1959 (Hollywood, California, USA, age 77)
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Cecil B. DeMille compared to you?
Awards1953 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture (for The Greatest Show on Earth)
1952 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award

Selected Filmography

The Ten Commandments
Samson And Delilah
The Greatest Show on Earth
The King of Kings
Reap the Wild Wind
North West Mounted Police ~ Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper
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