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Roman Polanski

Film Director Roman Polanski
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Profession: Film Director


Why Famous: Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates

Born: August 18, 1933
Birthplace: Paris, France
Age: 88 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 Film and Television 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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