Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil B. DeMille

DeMille in c. 1920
Born Cecil Blount DeMille
August 12, 1881(1881-08-12)
Ashfield, Massachusetts,
United States
Died January 21, 1959(1959-01-21) (aged 77)
Hollywood, California,
United States
Cause of death Heart failure
Nationality American
Occupation Producer, director, editor, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1913–1959
Religion Episcopal
Spouse Constance Adams
(1902–1959)
Partner Jeanie MacPherson
Julia Faye
Parents Henry Churchill DeMille
Beatrice Samuel

Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American movie director. He was an Academy Award-winning producer of both silent and sound movies. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra, Samson and Delilah; The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments, which was his last and most successful movie.

Personal life and death[change | change source]

DeMille married Constance Adams on August 16, 1902 and had one child, Cecilia. The couple adopted Katherine Lester in the early 1920s. She married Anthony Quinn. They also adopted two sons, John and Richard. DeMille suffered a near fatal heart attack in 1956 during the shooting in Egypt of The Ten Commandments. He never fully recovered. He died on January 21, 1959 of heart failure. He rests in Hollywood Forever Cemetery). At the time of his death, he was planning to direct a movie about space travel. He also wanted to do a movie about the Biblical Book of Revelation.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Eyman 2010, pp. 494–496, 500.

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