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Elia Kazan

Greek-american Film and Theatre Director + Film and Theatrical Producer + Screenwriter + Novelist
Born Sep 7, 1909

Elia Kazan was an American director, producer, writer and actor, described by the New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history". He was born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire, to Greek parents. After studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947.… Read More

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1909 Birth Born on September 7, 1909.


He was born in Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents. After studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. … Read More
1935 25 Years Old In 1935 he played the role of a strike-leading taxi driver in a drama by Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty, and his performance was called "dynamic," leading some to describe him as the "proletarian thunderbolt." … Read More


1942 32 Years Old In 1942 he achieved his first notable success by directing a Pulitzer prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth, starring Montgomery Clift and Tallulah Bankhead. … Read More
In 1947, he founded the Actors Studio, a non-profit workshop, with actors Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford. … Read More
1949 39 Years Old …  In 1949 he again dealt with controversial subject when he directed Pinky, which dealt with issues of racism in America, and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.


1951 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Kazan directed one of the Studio's brightest young talents, Marlon Brando, in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. He cast him again in the film version in 1951, which made Brando a star and won 4 Oscars, and was nominated for 12.
Malden remained friends with Kazan despite his unpopular appearance at the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. … Read More
1956 46 Years Old In 1956, Kazan directed him in a starring role in Baby Doll, alongside Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach, a controversial story written by Tennessee Williams, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.


1969 59 Years Old His second marriage, to the actress Barbara Loden, lasted from 1969 until her death in 1980, and produced one son.


1976 66 Years Old 1 More Event
He stated in an interview in 1976: During his career, Kazan won both Tony and Oscar Awards for excellence on stage and screen. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented him with the Kennedy Center honors award, a national tribute for life achievement in the arts.
1978 68 Years Old In 1978, the U.S. government paid for Kazan and his family to travel to Kazan's birthplace where many of his films were to be shown. … Read More
1982 72 Years Old His marriage, in 1982, to Frances Rudge continued until his death, in 2003, aged 94.
…  When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, dozens of actors chose not to applaud as 250 demonstrators picketed the event. … Read More
2003 94 Years Old Elia Kazan died from natural causes in his Manhattan apartment, September 28, 2003 aged 94. … Read More
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