Cecil B. DeMille

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Cecil Blount deMille
  • Birth Place: Ashfield, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/12/1881, Leo
  • Date of Death: 01/21/1959
  • Profession: Director; producer; screenwriter
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Cecil B. DeMille Fast Facts:
  • Began his career as a stage director before he was hired by Jesse L. Lasky for his Lasky Feature Play Company, which eventually evolved into Paramount Pictures.
  • Adopted son Richard is really his biological nephew; Richard was born out of wedlock to Cecil's brother, William.
  • One of the original founders of the Screen Directors Guild.
  • Had a cameo appearance in the film Sunset Boulevard; one of the film's most famous lines is "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup." 
  • Defied convention by hiring actor Edward G. Robinson and composer Elmer Bernstein, both part of the Communist blacklist of the 1950s, to work on the film The Ten Commandments.
  • Made four remakes of his own movies, including two of the same film, The Squaw Man.
  • Cecil B. DeMille Relationships:
  • Henry Churchill deMille - Father
  • Beatrice Samuel d Mille - Mother
  • Katherine DeMille - Daughter
  • William C. de Mille - Brother
  • Peggy George - Niece
  • Richard DeMille - Son
  • Agnes de Mille - Niece
  • Agnes deMille - Sister
  • Constance Adams - Wife
  • Cecilia DeMille - Daughter
  • John deMille - Son
  • Cecil B. DeMille Awards:
  • 1949 Oscar: Special Award - Winner
  • 1952 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Winner
  • 1953 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1952 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1952 Oscar: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award - Winner
  • College:
  • The American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, New York, NY (1900)

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