David Lean

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Croydon, Surrey, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/25/1908, Aries
  • Date of Death: 04/16/1991
  • Profession: Director; editor; screenwriter; producer
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David Lean Fast Facts:
  • Began his film career as an editor, becoming quite accomplished in the field and going on to personally edit all of the films he directed.
  • Directed three motion-picture adaptations of Noel Coward plays (1944's Happy Breed, 1945's Blithe Spirit and Brief Encounter) after the playwright co-directed Lean's directorial debut, 1943's In Which We Serve.
  • Known for his epic works such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965).
  • Final film was the Oscar-nominated A Passage to India (1984), released after an almost 15-year sabbatical prompted by the unfavorable reviews of his multimillion-dollar Ryan's Daughter (1970).
  • Was awarded a knighthood in 1984, and won an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.
  • David Lean Relationships:
  • Kay Walsh - Ex-wife
  • Peter Lean - Son
  • Sandra Cooke - Wife
  • Edward Lean - Brother
  • Sandra Hotz - Ex-wife
  • Leila Matkar - Ex-wife
  • Francis William Lean - Father
  • Isabel Lean - Ex-wife
  • Helena Lean - Mother
  • Ann Todd - Ex-wife
  • David Lean Awards:
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1954 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Screenplay - Nominee
  • 1957 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Winner
  • 1984 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1966 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1985 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 1984 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1984 Oscar: Best Achievement in Film Editing - Nominee
  • 1946 Oscar: Best Writing (Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1965 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1966 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1955 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1970 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Nominee
  • 1985 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
  • 1958 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1947 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1947 Oscar: Best Writing (Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1946 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee

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David Lean Directs Noel Coward (In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter) (Criterion Collection)
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