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Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger


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Also Known As: Died: April 23, 1986
Born: December 5, 1906 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Director ...


Acting debut at age 12, the only child among adults at a poetry reading
Apprenticed at Max Reinhardt's Theater, Josefstadt in Vienna
Stage debut as Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Josefstadt Theater (not directed by Reinhardt) at age 17
Joined German theater in Aussig (now in Czechoslavakia) where he also made his directorial debut with a production of Klabund's "Kreiderkreis/The Chalk Circle"
Returned to Vienna to launch theater of his own, the Komedia and two years later, the Schauspielhaus while simultaneously studying law at the University of Vienna
Returned to the Josefstadt as an assistant director
Handled only law case, a breach-of-contract suit brought by a nightclub owner against actress Marion Mill (whom he represented); Preminger then cast Mill in "The Front Page" which he was directing and married her the following year
Directed first film, "Die Grosse Liebe/The Great Love"
Took over as director of the Josefstadt when Reinhardt went into semi-retirement
Invited by Joseph M Schenck to work for his newly merged 20th Century-Fox in Hollywood
Directed first Broadway play, "Libel"
Directed first Hollywood film, "Under Your Spell"
After falling out with Darryl F Zanuck, returned to New York and directed seven plays
Made Broadway acting debut (replacing another actor) in Clare Boothe Luce's play, "Margin for Error" (also directed)
Returned to Hollywood as an actor, playing a Nazi officer in "The Pied Piper"
Hired to recreate his role in "Margin for Error" in film version, Preminger offered to direct and star for only an actor's fee; resulted in a contract with 20th Century-Fox to act, direct and produce
Hired as producer, he also replaced Rouben Mamoulian as director on film noir classic "Laura"
Returned to the Broadway stage to direct "Four Twelves Are Forty-Eight" and "The Moon Is Blue"
Became an independent producer; first film project, "The Moon Is Blue" became first film refused Production Code seal of approval when Preminger refused to delete the words "virgin" "pregnant", "mistress" and "seduction" from the script of the film
Directed last film, "The Human Factor"

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