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Frank Capra

Film Director Frank Capra

Profession: Film Director

United States of America

Biography: Capra's family emigrated to the US when he was only 5. Capra rose to become a self-made man and one of the most influential film directors of the 1930s and 1940s.

Some of Capra's most famous films include "It Happened One Night (1934) for which he won Best Director, "You Can't Take It With You" (1938), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939).

However today Capra is particularly remembered for "Its a Wonderful Life" (1946) starring James Stewart.

Born: May 18, 1897
Birthplace: Bisacquino, Palermo, Italy

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: September 3, 1991 (aged 94)

Married Life

  • 1923-11-25 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California
  • 1932-02-01 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

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