Sam Mendes

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Samuel Alexander Mendes
  • Birth Place: Reading, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/01/1965, Leo
  • Profession: Director; producer
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Sam Mendes Fast Facts:
  • Began directing for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1990 when he was 25 years old.
  • Won Best Director at the 1996 Laurence Olivier Awards for Company and The Glass Menagerie, and became the Awards' first triple winner in 2003 when he received Best Director for Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya, as well as a special award for his work as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater.
  • His feature-film directorial debut came in 1999 with the critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning American Beauty.
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Directors Guild of Great Britain Awards in 2005, despite having directed only two features at that point in his career.
  • Engaged in early talks with composer Stephen Sondheim to create a film version of the Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd, but the project fell through. Tim Burton later stepped up to direct the film in 2007.
  • Sam Mendes Relationships:
  • Jane Horrocks - Ex-significant Other
  • Valerie Helene (Barnett) Mendes - Mother
  • Alfred Mendes - Grandfather
  • Mia Honey Threapleton - Stepdaughter
  • Rebecca Hall - Significant Other
  • Joe Alfie Winslet-Mendes - Son
  • Rachel Weisz - Ex-significant Other
  • James Peter Mendes - Father
  • Kate Winslet - Wife (separated)
  • Sam Mendes Awards:
  • 1998 Tony: Director (Musical) - Nominee
  • 2000 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2012 BAFTA Film Awards: Outstanding British Film - Winner
  • 1999 Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award - Winner
  • 1999 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Winner
  • 1999 BAFTA Film Awards: The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College, Cambridge, England (BA, 1987)

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