Profession: Film Director
Why Famous: 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.
- 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
- 1934-02-22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)
- 1934-03-16 6th Academy Awards: "Cavalcade" and its director Frank Lloyd, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII), and Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory) win; host Will Rogers announces "Come and get it, Frank" and Frank Capra gets up
- 1938-08-23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)
- 1939-10-17 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released
- 1946-12-20 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore