Otto Preminger

Director + Producer + Actor
Born Dec 5, 1905

Otto Ludwig Preminger was an Austro–Hungarian-American theatre and film director. After moving from the theatre to Hollywood, he directed over 35 feature films in a five-decade career. He rose to prominence for stylish film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945). In the 1950s and 1960s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Otto Preminger.


1905 Birth Preminger was born in 1905 in Wiznitz, Bukovina (east of Galicia), Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine), into a Jewish family. … Read More
1914 8 Years Old After the assassination in 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne, which led to the Great War, Russia entered the war on the Serbian side. … Read More
1915 9 Years Old In 1915, Markus relocated his family to Vienna, the city that Otto later claimed to have been born in. … Read More
1916 10 Years Old Markus moved his family to a more fashionable district in 1916. … Read More


1923 17 Years Old In 1923, when Preminger was seventeen, his soon-to-be mentor, Max Reinhardt, the renowned Viennese-born director, announced plans to establish a theatrical company in Vienna. … Read More
1924 18 Years Old When the theater opened, on April 1, 1924, Preminger appeared as a furniture mover in Reinhardt's comedia staging of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. … Read More


1931 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  From 1931-1935, Preminger directed twenty-six shows. … Read More
1935 29 Years Old In April 1935, as Preminger was rehearsing a boulevard farce, The King with an Umbrella, he received a summons from American film producer Joseph Schenck to a five o'clock meeting at the Imperial Hotel. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old …  In November 1937, Zanuck's perennial emissary Gregory Ratoff brought Preminger the news that Zanuck had chosen him to direct Kidnapped, which was to be the most expensive feature to date for Twentieth Century-Fox. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Preminger and Marion had been estranged for years, he was surprised when in May 1946 she asked for a divorce. … Read More
1947 41 Years Old After the modest success of Daisy Kenyon, Preminger, an avid careerist, saw That Lady in Ermine as a further opportunity. Betty Grable was cast opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The film had previously been another Lubitsch project, but after his sudden death in November 1947, Preminger took over. … Read More
1953 47 Years Old …  At the New York City Opera, in October 1953, Preminger directed the American premiere (in English translation) of Gottfried von Einem's opera Der Prozeß, based on Franz Kafka's novel The Trial. … Read More


1965 59 Years Old Beginning in 1965, Preminger made a string of films in which he attempted to make stories that were fresh and distinctive, but the films he made, including In Harm's Way (1965) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), became both critical and financial flops. … Read More


1966 60 Years Old …  It was not until 1966, when Preminger was 60 years old and Erik was 22 years old, that they were to meet finally as father and son.
1986 80 Years Old Otto Preminger died in New York City, New York in 1986, aged 80, from lung cancer while suffering from Alzheimer's disease. … Read More
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