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Cecil B. DeMille

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Born Aug 12, 1881

Cecil Blount DeMille was an American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra; Samson and Delilah; The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments, which was his last and most successful film.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1881 Birth Born in 1881.

TEENAGE

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

TWENTIES

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

THIRTIES

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

FORTIES

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

FIFTIES

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

LATE ADULTHOOD

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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