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Roman Polański Biography

Birth Name:
Rajmund Roman Liebling
Birth Place:
Paris, France
Profession
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

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

  • 2014David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: nominated
  • 2014César Awards-Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2014César Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2014Prix Lumières-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2012César Awards-Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: nominated
  • 2012European Film Awards-European Screenwriter: nominated
  • 2011César Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2011César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2011César Awards-Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2010National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay (Runner-up): winner
  • 2010National Society of Film Critics-Best Director (Runner-up): winner
  • 2003César Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2003César Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: winner
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2002Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or: winner
  • 2002European Film Awards-European Director: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2002National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2002French Academy of Cinema-Best Director: winner
  • 2002Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1980Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 1980César Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 1980Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1980César Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 1979French Academy of Cinema-Best Director: winner
  • 1975BAFTA Film Awards-Best Direction: winner
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1974Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1974Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1969Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1969Writers Guild Awards-Drama: nominated
  • 1968Oscar-Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): nominated
  • 1968Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1966Berlin Film Festival-Golden Bear: winner
  • 1965Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: winner

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