- 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.
- 1952, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 1949, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
- 1952, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
- 1952, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
- 1953, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
- 1952, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- 1956, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
- 1952, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner
- Richard DeMille — Son
- Agnes deMille — Sister
- Beatrice Samuel d Mille — Mother
- Katherine DeMille — Daughter
- William C. de Mille — Brother
- Peggy George — Niece
- Henry Churchill deMille — Father
- Agnes de Mille — Niece
- Constance Adams — Wife
- Cecilia DeMille — Daughter
- John deMille — Son
- The American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States (1900)
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