Roger Vadim

Michael Curtiz

Mihaly Kertesz

Born: 24 December 1886
Died: 10 April 1962

This is one guy who really did "run away and join the circus" at the age of 17. Directed Errol Flynn in "Captain Blood", considered to be his best film, and later with Errol Flynn again in "The Adventures of Robin Hood". Directed "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, which earned his only Academy Award, for Best Director. Directed Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce", for which she would win a Best Actress Oscar. Directed "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, a film which relied mostly on the music of Irving Berlin. His last film was "The Comancheros" with John Wayne and Lee Marvin.

Blake Edwards William Blake Edwards
Born: 26 July 1922

Director and actor. Creator of the "Peter Gunn" TV series and director of films such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Audrey Hepburn, "The Pink Panther", "The Great Race" and more. He is married to Julie Andrews.

Samuel Goldwyn Samuel Gelbfisz
Born: 17 August 1882 or in July 1879
Warsaw, Poland

Producer and industry pioneer. His name was anglicised to Goldfish while living with relatives in England, and in 1919 he changed it to Goldwyn.

(Sir) Lew Grade
Louis Einogradsky
Born: 1906
Warsaw, Poland
Died: 13 December 1998

Entertainment executive who was knighted in 1963 for his influence in shaping the British television and movie industries. He also produced several US TV series, including "The Muppets" (see Frank Oz) and "The Saint", as well as several movies including "The Exorcist", "Sophies Choice" and "On Golden Pond".

Elia Kazan Elia Kazanjoglous
Born: 7 September 1909
Constantinople, Greece

Director, screenwriter, producer, actor. Best known for his direction of Broadway plays such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Winner of 2 Academy Awards for directing "Gentleman's Agreement" and "On the Waterfront". Also directed "Baby Doll", "A Face in the Crowd", and "Splendor in the Grass" starring Natalie Wood.

Alexander Korda Sandor Kellner
Born: 16 September 1893
Turkeve, Hungary
Died: 1956

His first attempts at directing received lukewarm responses, but he risked everything to produce "The Private Life of Henry VIII". The film became a worldwide blockbuster and was consequently hailed as the saviour of the British Film Industry. He married Merle Oberon in 1939.

Ang Lee Li An
Born: 23 October 1954
Pingtung, Taiwan

Director of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon", "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Wedding Banquet".

Vincent Minnelli Lester Anthony Minnelli
Born: 28 February 1903
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 25 July 1986

Director and husband of Judy Garland.

Roger Vadim Roger Vadim Plemiannikov
Born: 1928
Paris, France
Died: 11 February 2000 (cancer)

French director who was married five times, two of his wives were Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, and he lived with Catherine Deneuve. All of whom were present at his side when he died.

Jack L Warner Jack Eichelbaum
Born: 2 August 1892
London, Ontario
Died: 9 September 1978
Los Angeles, California

One of the famous Warner Brothers, producing such films as: "Casablanca", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "Arsenic and Old Lace" (with Cary Grant), "The Big Sleep" (written by Raymond Chandler), "My Fair Lady" (with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn) and many, many more.

Billy Wilder Samuel Wilder
Born: 1906

His mother liked all things American, and took to calling her son "Billy" because it sounded so American. Sadly his family died in a concentration camp. Won Best Director for "The Lost Weekend", starring Jane Wyman and Ray Milland, had a major success with "Some Like it Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. Wilder's first directorial effort "The Major and the Minor" starred Ginger Rogers.

Gene Wilder Jerome (Jerry) Silberman
Born: 11 June 1935
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. The frizzy-haired star of "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein".

Rob Zombie Robert Bartleh Cummings
Born: 12 January 1965
Massachusetts, USA

Originally famous as a founding member of the rock band "White Zombie", today better known as the writer and director of horror films.