Cecil B. DeMille

Born Aug 12, 1881

Cecil Blount DeMille was an American film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved on to writing and directing stage productions. He directed his first film, The Squaw Man, released in 1914 and would go on to direct dozens of silent films before transitioning to sound films in 1929. DeMille was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies.… Read More

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1881 Birth Born in 1881.


1900 19 Years Old 1 More Event
DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. … Read More


1902 21 Years Old DeMille married Constance Adams on August 16, 1902 and had one child, Cecilia. … Read More


DeMille found success in the spring of 1913 producing Reckless Age by Lee Wilson, a play about a high society girl wrongly accused of manslaughter starring Frederick Burton and Sydney Shields. … Read More


1928 47 Years Old When "talking pictures" were innovated in 1928, DeMille made a successful transition, offering his own innovations to the painful process; he devised a microphone boom and a soundproof camera blimp. … Read More


1936 55 Years Old DeMille was one of the first directors to become a celebrity in his own right. He cultivated the image of the omnipotent director, complete with megaphone, riding crop, and jodhpurs. From 1936 to 1944, DeMille hosted Lux Radio Theater, a weekly digest of current feature films. … Read More
1937 56 Years Old Katherine became an actress at Paramount Pictures, ultimately gaining his approval. In 1937 she married actor Anthony Quinn. … Read More


1952 71 Years Old …  His first attempt at a drama set within a semi-documentary frame was The Greatest Show on Earth, a saga of circus performers released in 1952. … Read More
In 1954, DeMille began his last film, the production for which he is best remembered, The Ten Commandments.
1959 78 Years Old 1 More Event
DeMille died of a heart ailment at age 77 in January 1959. … Read More
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