Cecil B. DeMille

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille

Profession: Filmmaker and Director

United States of America

Biography: Cecil B. deMille is one of the most important and successful filmmakers Hollywood has ever produced. He is particularly remembered for his 1956 film "The Ten Commandments", but made over 70 films throughout his long career.

His first film - "The Squaw Man" has the distinction of the being the 1st feature-length film ever made in Hollywood - for Paramount Pictures.

Known for the epic style of his films, deMille's most famous films included "Cleopatra" (1934) "Samson and Delilah" (1949), earning DeMille his 1st Best Director Oscar, and "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952).

DeMille was known for his showmanship and for cultivating the image of the celebrity director, immortalized in the line "All right, Mr. DeMille. I'm ready for my closeup." from the film "Sunset Boulevard".

Born: August 12, 1881
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Leo

Died: January 21, 1959 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1902-08-16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Historical Events

  • 1914-02-12 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US
  • 1923-11-23 Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" premieres in the USA
  • 1949-12-21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York
  • 1952-01-10 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Charlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)
  • 1956-11-08 Biblical drama film "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner premieres at the Criterion Theater in NYC