Ernst Lubitsch

  • Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
  • Died: November 30, 1947
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Left school at 16 to pursue a career in the theater.
  • Started out as a performer in Max Reinhardt's theater company before going on to star in silent comedies for Berlin's Bioscope film studio.
  • Launched the career of actress Jeanette MacDonald, whom he cast opposite Maurice Chevalier in the 1929 musical The Love Parade.
  • In 1935, was named head of production at Paramount.
  • Became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1936.
  • Broke new ground by filming scenes without recording any sound, later dubbing during post-production.


  • 1930, Oscar — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1929, Oscar — Best Directing: Nominee
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1946, Oscar — Special Award: Winner


  • Simon Lubitsch — Father
  • Helene Kraus — Ex-wife
  • Anna Lindenstaedt — Mother
  • Nicola Lubitsch — Daughter
  • Vivian Gaye — Ex-wife

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