Elia Kazan

Greek-American film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist Elia Kazan

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.
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What 3-D is really for… - Irish Times (blog)
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You didn't catch Elia Kazan or Nicholas Ray dallying with the process. It was the preserve of exploitation merchants who savoured any technique that might make the audience jump from their seats. Yet, it's hung around so long this time,
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KC Library film series examines the immigrant experience - Kansas City Star
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3): Elia Kazan's tale of a young Turk with dreams of America. •“Under the Same Moon” (Sept. 10): A young Mexican boy wants to find his mother in the US •“Goodbye Solo” (Sept. 12): A Senegal-born cabbie drives a suicidal passenger. •“Avalon” (Sept
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Happenings this week - Queens Courier
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Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28 at 6 pm Greek Cultural Center (Astoria): Annual Film Festival, “Panic in the Streets” and “Baby Doll” film screenings of Greek American actor/director/writer and two-time Academy Award winner, Elia Kazan;
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Anne Hathaway: 'I'm Obnoxious' - Showbiz Spy
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“Elia Kazan (the late American director-and-actor) once said Vivien Leigh was not the best actress in the world, but she'd have crawled over broken glass if she thought it would help her performance,” she said. “That's how I see myself as an actress
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Andy Griffith: Behind The Music - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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We look at some pop tunes he recorded for Capitol, vocals from his 1957 dramatic film debut in Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd and his obscure 1958 Capitol album Andy Griffith Sings the Blues and Other Old-Timey Tunes, a surprisingly funky,
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Exonerating Kazan - Swans
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(Swans - August 15, 2011) When I was growing up in New York in the 1950s, in the liberal-leftist microcosm that was my world, we all had one unmitigated villain: Elia Kazan. It didn't matter that he was the miraculous midwife who
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Prytania brings back Elia Kazan's New Orleans-shot thriller 'Panic in the Streets' - NOLA.com
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By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune The Prytania Theatre's ongoing Classic Movie Series gets a New Orleans flair this weekend, with the return of director Elia Kazan's 1950 New Orleans-shot, New Orleans-set thriller "Panic in the Streets
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Public Speaking - Detroit Metro Times (blog)
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As he did with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and even the controversial Elia Kazan, his doc is more worshipful than inquisitive. It'd be too easy to interpret Scorsese's passivity as an indicator of his intellectual self-worth, but I suspect Public
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'Awake' and sing this play's praises - The Journal News | LoHud.com
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Hellman portrayed Odets as one of the leading scoundrels of the 1950s red-baiting era: Odets, like director Elia Kazan and choreographer Jerome Robbins, was a former Communist who had "named names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee
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Milk Carton Kids Announce Release of 'Prologue,' 7/19 - Broadway World
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Instead, they move to become a single, shadowy persona within the frame of Prologue -like young twins cast to tag-team one demanding role in a terse-but-tender film by Elia Kazan, haunted and hounded across a lonely landscape in search of the love that
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Theater review: 'Kowalski' at Two Roads Theatre - Los Angeles Times
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Also verifiable is that director Elia Kazan sent 23-year-old Brando (Ignacio Serricchio) to meet Williams, staking him to bus fare, which the future Method icon spent on food, hitchhiking up the Cape with a girlfriend (Sasha Higgins, a discovery) and
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Brookfield Magazine: A Show on Notable Folks, Past and Present - Housatonic Times
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Its members were then-struggling artists, such as the director Elia Kazan, actors John Garfield and Will Geer, and playwright Clifford Odetts. The Group Theatre practiced improvisation and method acting, and was foundational for many of today's current
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DVD Geek: Tracy & Hepburn The Definitive Collection - Movie City News
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A western, and an Elia Kazan western at that, The Sea of Grass is the only film in the group where the two stars play characters who have deep emotional troubles with one another. The 1947 feature is set out West, but it is really a soap opera
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Food+Flicks: Enjoy 'Splendor in the Grass' - Topeka Capital Journal
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"Splendor in the Grass" was written by William Inge and directed by Elia Kazan. Kazan had originally planned to shoot the film in Kansas, but a severe drought forced the production to be moved to New York. By FOOD+FLICKS Are you looking for something
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BWW Interviews: Talking with ONE ARM Star Claybourne Elder - Broadway World
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He and Elia Kazan planned on [producing] it. There were several drafts in the '60s. In the '70s, interestingly, he and Lanford Wilson collaborated on a screenplay—a totally different version that we didn't draw from. The year before he died,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elia Kazan
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 93
    Elia Kazan died from natural causes in his Manhattan apartment, September 28, 2003 aged 94.
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  • 1999
    Age 89
    In 1999, when he was 90 years old, Kazan received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.
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    Kazan would later write in his autobiography of the "warrior pleasure at withstanding his 'enemies.'" When Kazan received an Honorary Academy Award in 1999, the audience was noticeably divided in their reaction, with some including Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Ian McKellen and Amy Madigan refusing to applaud, and many others, such as actors Kathy Bates, Meryl Streep and Warren Beatty and producer George Stevens, Jr. standing and applauding.
    When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, dozens of actors chose not to applaud as 250 demonstrators picketed the event.
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  • 1982
    Age 72
    His marriage, in 1982, to Frances Rudge continued until his death, in 2003, aged 94.
  • 1978
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 66
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1969
    Age 59
    His second marriage, to the actress Barbara Loden, lasted from 1969 until her death in 1980, and produced one son.
  • FORTIES
  • 1954
    Age 44
    Nonetheless, there have been clear messages in some of his films that involved politics in various ways. In 1954, he directed On the Waterfront, written by screenwriter Budd Schulberg, which was a film about union corruption in New York.
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    Dean flew back to Los Angeles with Kazan in 1954, the first time he had ever flown in a plane, bringing his clothes in a brown paper bag.
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    In 1954 he again used Brando as a star in On the Waterfront.
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  • 1952
    Age 42
    His controversial stand during his testimony in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1952, became the low point in his career, although he remained convinced that he made the right decision to give the names of Communist Party members.
    In response, former vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Joseph McBride, claimed that an honorary award recognizes "the totality of what he represents, and Kazan's career, post 1952, was built on the ruin of other people's careers."
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    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."
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  • 1951
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 39
    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.
  • 1947
    Age 37
    In 1947, he directed the courtroom drama Boomerang!, and in 1950 he directed Panic in the Streets, starring Richard Widmark, in a thriller shot on the streets of New Orleans.
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    In 1947, he founded the Actors Studio, a non-profit workshop, with actors Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford.
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  • 1942
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 25
    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."
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  • 1932
    Age 22
    Elia Kazan was married three times. His first wife was playwright Molly Day Thacher. They were married from 1932 until her death in 1963; this marriage produced two daughters and two sons, including screenwriter Nicholas Kazan.
    In 1932, after spending two years at the Yale University School of Drama, he moved to New York City to become a professional stage actor.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Born
    Born on September 7, 1909.
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