Alexander Korda

Film Director
Born Sep 16, 1893

Sir Alexander Korda was a Hungarian-born British film producer and director. He was a leading figure in the British film industry, the founder of London Films and the owner of British Lion Films, a film distributing company.

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1893 Birth Born on September 16, 1893.


1919 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Korda established a film company named Corvin Film, building it into one of the largest in Hungary. In October 1919, Korda was arrested during the White Terror that followed the overthrow of the short-lived Communist government, the Hungarian Democratic Republic by reason his participation in its government. … Read More
1920 26 Years Old After leaving Hungary, Korda accepted an invitation from Count Alexander Kolowrat to work for his company Sascha-Film in the Austrian capital Vienna. Korda worked alongside Kolowrat, who had attracted several leading Hungarian and German directors into his employment, on the 1920 historical epic The Prince and the Pauper. … Read More


1926 32 Years Old In December 1926 after receiving a joint contract offer from the American studio First National, Korda and his wife sailed for the United States on board the steamer Olympic. … Read More
1930 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Their marriage collapsed, and they divorced in 1930. … Read More
1932 38 Years Old In 1932 Korda founded London Films with Big Ben as the company logo. … Read More


By 1939, Michael Powell had been hired as a contract director by Korda on the strength of The Edge of the World. … Read More
1942 48 Years Old In 1942, Alexander Korda was knighted for his contribution to the war effort, the first film director to receive the honour.
1943 49 Years Old He returned to Britain in 1943 as production chief of MGM-London films, with a £35 million, 10-year programme. … Read More


1948 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948 Korda received an advance payment of £375,000, the largest single payment received by a British film company, for three movies, An Ideal Husband (1947), Anna Karenina (1948) and Mine Own Executioner (1948). … Read More
1953 59 Years Old He married, lastly, on 8 June 1953, Alexandra Boycun (1928–1966), who survived him. … Read More


1954 60 Years Old In 1954 he received £5 million from the City Investing Corporation of New York, enabling him to keep producing movies until his death. … Read More
1956 62 Years Old Korda died at the age of 62 in London in 1956 of a heart attack and was cremated. … Read More
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