Ernst Lubitsch

German-born Jewish Film Director
Born Jan 29, 1892

Ernst Lubitsch was a German American film director. His urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated director; as his prestige grew, his films were promoted as having "the Lubitsch touch. " In 1947 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture, and he was nominated three times for Best Director.… Read More

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1892 Birth Ernst Lubitsch was born on January 29, 1892 in Berlin, Germany, the son of Anna (née Lindenstaedt) and Simon Lubitsch, a tailor. … Read More


1911 19 Years Old He turned his back on his father's tailoring business to enter the theater, and by 1911, he was a member of Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater.


1912 20 Years Old He appeared in approximately thirty films as an actor between 1912 and 1920. … Read More
1913 21 Years Old In 1913, Lubitsch made his film debut as an actor in The Ideal Wife. … Read More
1918 26 Years Old In 1918, he made his mark as a serious director with Die Augen der Mumie Ma (The Eyes of the Mummy), starring Pola Negri. … Read More
1921 29 Years Old 1 More Event
They, along with Lubitsch's Carmen (released as Gypsy Blood in the U.S. in 1921) were selected by The New York Times on its list of the 15 most important movies of 1921. … Read More


1922 30 Years Old Lubitsch finally left Germany for Hollywood in 1922, contracted as a director by Mary Pickford. … Read More


1935 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1935, he was appointed Paramount's production manager, thus becoming the only major Hollywood director to run a large studio. … Read More
1938 46 Years Old They had one daughter, Nicola Lubitsch, on October 27, 1938. … Read More
1939 47 Years Old In 1939, Lubitsch moved to MGM, and directed Greta Garbo in Ninotchka. … Read More
1940 48 Years Old In 1940, he directed The Shop Around the Corner, an artful comedy of cross purposes. … Read More


1947 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1947, Lubitsch was awarded a Special Academy Award for his "25-year contribution to motion pictures". … Read More
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