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

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

Relationships

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

College

  • National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz, Poland (1959)

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