Roman Polanski

  • Birth Name: Rajmund Roman Liebling
  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • In 1941, his parents were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where his mother died in the gas chambers, but his father survived.
  • Made his feature-film directing debut with the 1962 Polish-language thriller Knife in the Water, which was nominated for a 1963 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson cult on August 9, 1969, in Bel Air, CA; she was eight months pregnant with their son.
  • Arrested in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl who was auditioning for a Vogue photo shoot; fled the U.S. for France to avoid prison.
  • Received the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Career Achievement in 1993 and the Stockholm Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

Awards

  • 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
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  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 2002, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
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  • 2012, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Nominee
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  • 2002, European Film Awards — European Director: Nominee
  • 2012, European Film Awards — European Screenwriter: Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): Nominee
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  • 1999, European Film Awards — European Achievement in World Cinema: Winner
  • 1966, Berlin Film Festival — Golden Bear: Winner
  • 1968, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1965, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: Winner
  • 1974, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2002, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2019, Venice Film Festival — Jury Prize: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Winner
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  • 1993, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
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  • 2014, David di Donatello Awards — Best European Film: Nominee
  • 1969, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sharon Tate — Wife (deceased)
  • Barbara Lass — Ex-wife
  • Wanda Polanski — Stepmother
  • Emmanuelle Seigner — Wife
  • Ryszard Polanski — Father
  • Bula Polanski — Mother
  • Elvis Polanski — Son
  • Nastassja Kinski — Ex-significant Other
  • Annette — Half Sister
  • Morgane Polanski — Daughter

College

  • National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz, Poland (1959)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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