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Orson Welles

Actor and Director Orson Welles

Full Name: George Orson Welles
Profession: Actor and Director

United States of America

Biography: Remembered for his innovative work in theatre, radio and film.

In theatre, most notably "Caesar" (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar.

In radio, the debut of the Mercury Theatre, whose "The War of the Worlds" (1938), is one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio.

In film, "Citizen Kane" (1941) about newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, consistently ranks as one of the all-time greatest films.

Born: May 6, 1915
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: October 10, 1985 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Married Life

  • 1943-09-07 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds American actor-director-wunderkind Orson Welles (28); divorce in 1947
  • 1947-11-10 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (28) divorces American actor-director-wunderkind Orson Welles (32) after just over 4 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1938-10-30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic
  • 1941-05-01 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City
  • 1949-09-02 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)
  • 1952-05-10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film