Walter Wanger

Film Producer
Born Jul 11, 1894

Walter Wanger was an American film producer active in filmmaking from the 1910s to the turbulent production of Cleopatra in 1963. Wanger developed a reputation as an intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive who produced provocative message movies and glittering romantic melodramas. Wanger was strongly influenced by European films, and made many productions geared towards international markets.… Read More

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1894 Birth Born on July 11, 1894.


1908 13 Years Old In order to assimilate into American society, his mother altered the family name simply to Wanger in 1908. … Read More


1917 22 Years Old Following the American entry into World War I in 1917, Wanger served with the United States Army in Italy initially in the Signal Corps where he worked as a pilot on reconnaissance missions, and later in propaganda operations directed at the Italian public. … Read More
1918 23 Years Old In April 1918 Wanger was transferred to the Committee on Public Information, and joined an effort to combat anti-war or pro-German sentiment in Allied Italy. … Read More
After the Allied victory, Wanger returned to the United States in 1919 and was discharged from the army.
1921 26 Years Old By 1921, Wanger was unhappy with the terms he was receiving and left his job with Paramount.
1924 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He travelled to Britain where he worked as a prominent cinema and theatre manager until 1924. … Read More


1931 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As the effects of the Great Depression hit the film industry in the early 1930s, the Astoria Studios increasingly struggled to produce box office hits, and in December 1931 it was closed down again. … Read More


1938 44 Years Old They divorced in 1938 and in 1940 he married Joan Bennett to whom he remained married until their divorce in 1965. … Read More
1939 45 Years Old …  Wanger served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1939 to October 1941 and from December 1941 to 1945. … Read More


1946 52 Years Old Wanger was given an Honorary Academy Award in 1946 for his service as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
1949 55 Years Old He refused another honorary Oscar in 1949 for Joan of Arc, out of anger over the fact that the film, which he felt was one of his best, had not been nominated for Best Picture.
1951 57 Years Old In 1951, Wanger shot and wounded Lang after accusing him of having an affair with Bennett. … Read More


1954 60 Years Old The experience profoundly affected him, and in 1954 he made the prison film Riot in Cell Block 11. … Read More
1958 64 Years Old His 1958 production of I Want to Live! starred Susan Hayward in an anti-capital punishment film that is one of the most highly regarded films on the subject. … Read More
1966 72 Years Old In May 1966, Wanger received the Commendation of the Order of Merit, Italy's third-highest honor, from Consul General Alvaro v. Bettrani, "for your friendship and cooperation with the Italian government in all phases of the motion picture industry."
1968 74 Years Old Died on November 18, 1968.
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