Otto Preminger

  • Birth Name: Otto Ludwig Preminger
  • Birth Place: Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: April 23, 1986
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Actor
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  • Studied law to appease his father, who was a prominent attorney.
  • Hired by newly created studio 20th Century Fox in 1935 by Joseph Schenck.
  • Taught at Yale School of Drama.
  • Several of his films dealt with taboo themes at the time, such as heroin abuse and homosexuality. 
  • His 1953 film The Moon Is Blue was derided by the Legion of Decency for using the words "virgin" and "pregnant."
  • Clashed with studio heads as well as actors he directed due to his harsh manner and penchant for temper tantrums.
  • Acted in several movies and television shows, including Stalag 17 and Batman.


  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film and British Film: Nominee
  • 1959, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Promoting International Understanding: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1955, Berlin Film Festival — Bronze Bear: Winner


  • Marion Mill — Ex-wife
  • Mary Gardner — Ex-wife
  • Hope Bryce Preminger — Wife
  • Ingo Preminger — Brother
  • Gypsy Rose Lee — Ex-significant Other
  • Mark Preminger — Son
  • Josefa Preminger — Mother
  • Erik Lee Preminger — Son
  • Markus Preminger — Father
  • Victoria Preminger — Daughter


  • University of Vienna Law School, Vienna, Austria

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