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Otto Preminger Biography

Birth Name:
Otto Ludwig Preminger
Birth Place:
Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary
Director, producer, actor

Fast Facts

  • 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


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