Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American filmmaker.wikipedia
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Paramount Pictures

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The continued success of his productions led to the founding of Paramount Pictures with Lasky and Adolph Zukor.
The Lasky company hired as their first employee a stage director with virtually no film experience, Cecil B. DeMille, who would find a suitable site in Hollywood, near Los Angeles, for his first feature film, The Squaw Man.

Cleopatra (1934 film)

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Cleopatra (1934) was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cleopatra is a 1934 American epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The King of Kings (1927 film)

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DeMille directed The King of Kings (1927), a biography of Jesus of Nazareth, which gained approval for its sensitivity and reached more than 800 million viewers.
The King of Kings is a 1927 American silent epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Samson and Delilah (1949 film)

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After more than thirty years in film production, DeMille reached a pinnacle in his career with Samson and Delilah (1949), a biblical epic which became the highest-grossing film of 1950.
Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic biblical drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Greatest Show on Earth (film)

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He received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Sign of the Cross (1932 film)

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The Sign of the Cross (1932) is said to be the first sound film to integrate all aspects of cinematic technique.
The Sign of the Cross is a 1932 American pre-Code epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Ten Commandments (1956 film)

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His last and best known film, The Ten Commandments (1956), also a Best Picture Academy Award nominee, is currently the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American epic religious drama film produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision (color by Technicolor), and released by Paramount Pictures.

25th Academy Awards

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He received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
A major upset occurred when the heavily favored High Noon lost to Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth, eventually considered among the worst films to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Ten Commandments (1923 film)

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His first biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), was both a critical and commercial success; it held the Paramount revenue record for twenty-five years.
The Ten Commandments is a 1923 American silent religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Directors Guild of America Award

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In addition to his Best Picture Awards, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific (1939), a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

The Squaw Man (1914 film)

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DeMille's first film, The Squaw Man (1914), was also the first feature film shot in Hollywood.
The Squaw Man (known as The White Man in the UK) is a 1914 silent western drama film starring Dustin Farnum and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel.

Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award

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He was the first recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which was named in his honor.
It was first presented at the 9th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in February 1952 and is named in honor of its first recipient, director Cecil B. DeMille.

Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama

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He received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Union Pacific (film)

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In addition to his Best Picture Awards, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific (1939), a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea.

Palme d'Or

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In addition to his Best Picture Awards, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific (1939), a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Henry Churchill de Mille

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He was the second of three children of Henry Churchill de Mille (September 4, 1853 – February 10, 1893) and his wife Matilda Beatrice deMille (née Samuel; January 30, 1853 – October 8, 1923), known as Beatrice.
Henry Churchill de Mille (September 17, 1853 – February 10, 1893) was an American businessman and Georgist, and the father of film pioneers Cecil B. de Mille and William C. de Mille, and the paternal grandfather of the dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille.

Ashfield, Massachusetts

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Cecil Blount DeMille was born on August 12, 1881 in a boarding house on Main Street in Ashfield, Massachusetts, where his parents had been vacationing for the summer.
Ashfield is the birthplace of prominent director Cecil B. DeMille (whose parents were vacationing in the town at the time), Alvan Clark, nineteenth century astronomer and telescope maker, and William S. Clark, member of the Massachusetts Senate and third president of Massachusetts Agricultural College (now UMass Amherst).

Gloria Swanson

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He related a story that he maintained his self-control when Gloria Swanson sat on his lap, refusing to touch her.
Swanson was also a star in the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille.

Sound film

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Between 1914 and 1958, he made a total of 70 features, both silent and sound films.
In February 1927, an agreement was signed by five leading Hollywood movie companies: Famous Players-Lasky (soon to be part of Paramount), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal, First National, and Cecil B. DeMille's small but prestigious Producers Distributing Corporation (PDC).

Pedro de Cordoba

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DeMille performed on stage with actors whom he would later direct in films: Charlotte Walker, Mary Pickford, and Pedro de Cordoba.
His first film was Cecil B. DeMille's version of Carmen (1915), and he soon became a popular leading man in Hollywood.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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Cleopatra (1934) was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

List of highest-grossing films

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His last and best known film, The Ten Commandments (1956), also a Best Picture Academy Award nominee, is currently the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
Cecil B. DeMille (1932, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956) and William Wyler (1942, 1946, 1959 and 1968) are in second and third place with five and four films respectively, while D. W. Griffith (1915, 1916 and 1920), George Roy Hill (1966, 1969 and 1973), James Cameron (1991, 1997 and 2009) and the Russo brothers (2016, 2018 and 2019) all feature heavily with three films apiece.

David Belasco

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Henry deMille frequently collaborated with David Belasco when playwriting.
Many prominent performers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries sought the opportunity to work with Belasco; among them were D. W. Griffith, Helen Hayes, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille.

Charlotte Walker

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DeMille performed on stage with actors whom he would later direct in films: Charlotte Walker, Mary Pickford, and Pedro de Cordoba.
In 1907 she appeared in the Broadway hit The Warrens of Virginia whose cast also had Gladys Smith (later Mary Pickford) and Cecil B. DeMille.

Cinema of the United States

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He is acknowledged as a founding father of the American cinema and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history.
For example, Cedric Gibbons and Herbert Stothart always worked on MGM films, Alfred Newman worked at 20th Century Fox for twenty years, Cecil B. De Mille's films were almost all made at Paramount, and director Henry King's films were mostly made for 20th Century Fox.