David Lean Celebrity Watchlist

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.

Awards

  • 1958, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Achievement in Film Editing: Nominee
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee

Relationships

  • Leila Matkar — Ex-wife
  • Kay Walsh — Ex-wife
  • Francis William Lean — Father
  • Isabel Lean — Ex-wife
  • Peter Lean — Son
  • Sandra Cooke — Wife
  • Edward Lean — Brother
  • Sandra Hotz — Ex-wife
  • Helena Lean — Mother
  • Ann Todd — Ex-wife

Details

  • Birth Place: Croydon, Surrey, England
  • Birthday: March 25, 1908, Aries
  • Died: April 16, 1991
  • Profession: Director, Editor, Screenwriter, Producer
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