Roman Polanski

Film Director Roman Polanski
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Profession: Film Director


Biography: Roman Polanski is a Polish-French director known for his critically acclaimed films, including The Pianist (2003) for which he won the Oscar for Best Director. He is

Polanski's life and career have at times overshadowed by events. In 1969, for instance, Polanski's then-pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered along with four friends by members of the Manson Family, led by Charles Manson.

Meanwhile in 1977, Polanski was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a young girl. He planned to plea guilty to a lesser charge, but when this seemed impossible he fled to Paris. Polanski has since remained a fugitive as far as the United States justice system is concerned.

Born: August 18, 1933
Birthplace: Paris, France
Age: 89 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Married Life

  • 1968-01-20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor and director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London
  • 1989-08-30 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner

Historical Events

  • 1974-06-20 "Chinatown", directed by Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released
  • 1978-02-01 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • 2002-05-26 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2003-02-23 56th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director
  • 2018-05-03 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

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