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Otto Preminger

Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 - April 23, 1986) was a film director. Born in Vienna, he worked with Max Reinhardt before emigrating to America. At first he directed and acted for 20th Century Fox, his Austrian accent typecasting him as a screen Nazi.

After the war, he became one of the most consistent Hollywood directors of the 1950s and early 1960s - delivering intelligent and entertaining films, often literary adaptions, albeit rather melodramatic or heavy-going on occasion. His skills were technical, he did not bring much of a characteristic style to his work. Notable films include Anatomy of a Murder with James Stewart and Ben Gazzara, Advise and Consent with an on-form Charles Laughton, and Bonjour Tritesse with David Niven and Deborah Kerr.

Through an affair with Gypsy Rose Lee he had one child, the screenwriter Eric Lee Preminger.

Filmography: Die Grosse Liebe (1931), Under Your Spell (1936), Danger, Love at Work (1937), Margin for Error (1943), In the Meantime, Darling (1944), Laura (1944), Czarina (1945), Fallen Angel (1945), Forever Amber (1947), Daisy Kenyon (1947), The Fan (1949), Whirlpool (1949), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), The 13th Letter (1951), Angel Face (1952), The Moon is Blue (1953), Carmen Jones (1954), River of No Return (1954), One Man Mutiny (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1956), Saint Joan (1957), Bonjour Tritesse (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Exodus (1960), Advise and Consent (1962), The Cardinal (1963), In Harm's Way (1964), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Tell Me That You Love Me (1968), Skidoo (1968), Such Good Friends (1971), Rosebud (1975), The Human Factor (1979).

Awards: Preminger received one Oscar nomination for Best Picture for Anatomy of a Murder. He was twice nominated for the best director award for Laura and for The Cardinal. He never won an Oscar.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Otto Preminger Facts

Birth NameOtto Ludwig Preminger
BirthdayDecember 5, 1906
BirthplaceVienna, Austria
Date of deathApril 23, 1986 (age 79)

Selected Filmography

In Harm's Way
Anatomy Of A Murder
Advise and Consent
Man With The Golden Arm
The Cardinal
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