Ernst Lubitsch

  • Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
  • Died: November 30, 1947
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Producer
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

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.


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


  • Nicola Lubitsch — Daughter
  • Anna Lindenstaedt — Mother
  • Simon Lubitsch — Father
  • Vivian Gaye — Ex-wife
  • Helene Kraus — Ex-wife
Jessica Walter, Arrested Development

What to Watch on Netflix This Weekend

Arrested Development, DJ Idris Elba, Queer Eye, and more!

Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked From Worst to Best

Find out which episode of the HBO hit reigns supreme.

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now