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Elia Kazan

Greek-american Film and Theatre Director + Film and Theatrical Producer + Screenwriter + Novelist
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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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CHILDHOOD

1909 Birth Born on September 7, 1909.

TWENTIES

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

THIRTIES

1942 32 Years Old In 1942 he achieved his first notable success by directing a play by Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth, starring Tallulah Bankhead and Fredric March. … Read More
1947 37 Years Old 1 More Event
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 a controversial subject when he directed Pinky, which dealt with issues of racism in America, and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.

FORTIES

1951 41 Years Old In 1951, after introducing and directing Marlon Brando and Karl Malden in the stage version, he went on to cast both in the film version of the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which won 4 Oscars, being nominated for 12. … Read More
Until his death, Kazan remained controversial in some circles for testimony he gave before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1952, a period that many, such as journalist Michael Mills, feel was "the most controversial period in Hollywood history." … Read More
In 1954 he again used Brando as a star in On the Waterfront. … Read More

FIFTIES

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

LATE ADULTHOOD

1976 66 Years Old He stated in an interview in 1976: During his career, Kazan won both Tony and Oscar Awards for directing on stage and screen. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented him with the Kennedy Center honors award, a national tribute for lifetime achievement in the arts. … Read More
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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