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Cecil B. DeMille Biography

Birth Name:
Cecil Blount deMille
Birth Place:
Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter

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


  • 1956Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 1953Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1952Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1952Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 1952Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated