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Elia Kazan was a Greek-American film and stage director known for many hit plays and movies

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BirthdaySeptember 7, 1909
Died onSeptember 28, 2003
NationalityGreek, Turkish, American
FamousMovie Producers, Producer, T V, Williams College, Yale University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors, Theater Personalities, T V & Movie Producers
SpousesBarbara Loden (m. 1967–1980; her death), Frances Rudge (m. 1982–2003; his death), Molly Day Thacher (m. 1932–1963; her death)
Known asElias Kazantzoglou
Childrens 5 including Nicholas Kazan (son)
Universities
  • Williams College,Yale University
Notable Alumnis
  • Williams College
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceConstantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)
Born CountryTurkey
GenderMale
FatherGeorge Kazanjoglous
MotherAthena Sishmanoglou
Sun SignVirgo
Born inConstantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)
Famous asDirector, Actor, Producer
Died at Age94

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Who is Elia Kazan?

Elia Kazan was a Greek-American film and stage director known for many hit plays and movies. He was also a successful actor in many Broadway plays and had produced plays as well. He was known both as a great director as well as controversial person who had named eight people of the disbanded ‘Group Theatre’ in New York to be members of the Communist Party to the ‘House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)’. He also admitted that he had been one of the members himself but had left the party a long time ago. This led to the blacklisting of these eight people who could no longer work in films. This incident gave rise to a great deal of resentment against Kazan which followed him till his death. People resented his action and expressed the feeling that Eliza could have found work on the Broadway as there was a great demand for him as a great director there. They argued that he could have defied the HUAC instead of giving in as one of his best friends Arthur Miller did for which Miller was jailed for time. It was a controversy that continued for many years after his death.

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Childhood & Early Life

Elia Kazan was born as Elia Kazanjoglous in Istanbul, Turkey on September 7, 1909. His father was George Kazanjoglous and his mother was Athena Sishmanoglou. He had a younger brother, Avraam.

The family moved to New York City in 1913 and shortened the last name to ‘Kazan’.

Elia studied at public schools in New York City and graduated from the ‘New Rochelle High School’ in New Rochelle, New York.

After finishing high school he enrolled at the ‘Williams College’ and graduated from there in 1930.

He studied acting at the ‘Yale University’ from 1930 to 1932.

Career

He joined the experimental ‘Group Theater’ in New York in the 1932.

He started directing plays when the ‘Group Theater’ was disbanded in 1941.

In 1942 he directed the play ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ written by Thornton Wilder.

He directed his first film ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ in 1945. His next film was ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ in 1947.

In 1947 he co-founded the ‘Actors Studio’ in New York with Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis.

He directed two of Arthur Miller’s plays ‘All My Sons’ in 1947, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in 1947 and ‘Death of a Salesman’ in 1949. In 1949 he made the film ‘Pinky’.

During the 1950s he directed the Tennessee William plays ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’.

He made the film ‘Panic in the Streets’ in 1950.

He then moved to Hollywood in 1951 to direct a film version of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

In 1952 he directed ‘Viva Zapata’ a biopic of the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

Kazan made the film ‘On The Waterfront’ in 1954.

In 1955 he directed ‘East of Eden’, ‘Baby Doll’ in 1956 and ‘Wild River’ in 1960.

He directed the play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in 1956 and ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’ in 1958.

He directed the play ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ in 1960.

During the 1960s he made ‘Wild River’, ‘Splendor in the Grass’ and ‘America America’.

In 1964 he directed a stage production of Arthur Miller’s ‘After the Fall’.

In 1976 he made his last film ‘The Last Tycoon’.

Major Works

Elia Kazan wrote many novels such as ‘America America’ and ‘The Arrangement’ during the 1960s and the 1970s.

He published his biography ‘Elia Kazan: A Life’ in 1988.

Awards & Achievements

Elia Kazan received a ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Direction’ in 1947 for ‘All My Sons’.

In 1948 he won an ‘Academy Award for Best Director’, the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ along with a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ or ‘Golden Lion’ award at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’.

In 1949 he received another ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ for ‘Death of a Salesman’.

In 1950 Kazan won the ‘International Award’ and was nominated for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘Panic in the Streets’.

In 1951 he won a ‘Special Jury Prize’ and received a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

In 1952 he received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and a nomination for the ‘Grand Prize of the Festival’ for ‘Viva Zapata’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.

In 1953 he received nominations for ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Viva Zapata’. He also got a nomination for the ‘Golden Bear’ award for ‘Man on a Tightrope’ at the ‘Berlin Film Festival’ in the same year.

In 1954 he won an ‘Academy Award’ for Best Director’ and ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ along with the ‘Italian Film Critics Award’, the ‘Leone d’Argento’ or ‘Silver Lion’ award and a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘On The Waterfront’.

In 1955 Kazan won ‘Best Dramatic Film’ award and was nominated for the ‘Palm d’Or’ or ‘Golden Palm Award’ for ‘East of Eden’ at the Cannes Film Festival, and the ‘OCIC Award’ for ‘On The Waterfront’ at the Venice Film Festival. He also got a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for the same film.

In 1956 he received a nomination for the ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’, an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘East of Eden’ and also a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.

In 1957 he received a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘Baby Doll’.

He received the ‘Connor Award’ from the ‘Phi Alpha Tau’ fraternity based at ‘Emerson College, Boston’ in Massachusetts in 1958.

In 1958 he won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ for ‘Baby Doll’ and also received a nomination for the ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Play’ for ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’.

He won his third ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ for ‘J. B.’ in 1959.

In 1960 he received a ‘Tony Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and a nomination for the ‘Golden Bear’ award for ‘Wild River’ at the ‘Berlin Film Festival’.

In 1964 he won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture’ and received Oscar nominations for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Adapted Screen Play’ for ‘America America’.

In 1965 Elia received a ‘Tony Award’ nomination for ‘Best Producer’ for ‘Tartuffe’.

In 1972 Kazan was nominated for the ‘Palm d’Or’ or the ‘Golden Palm’ award at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.

He was made a ‘Kennedy Center Honoree’ in 1983.

In 1996 he received a nomination for an ‘Honorary Golden Bear’ award at the Berlin Film Festival.

An honorary ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was presented to Kazan in 1999.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married playwright Molly Day Thatcher on December 5, 1932. He had four children from this marriage - Judy, Christopher, Nicholas and Katharine.

He married actress Barbara Loden on June 5, 1967. He had two children from this marriage - Leo and Marco.

He married Frances Rudge in 1982.

He was given a star on the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ and was made a member of the ‘American Theater Hall of Fame’.

Elia Kazan died in Manhattan, New York City on September 28, 2003 at the age of 94.

Trivia

He was a given the nickname ‘Gadge’ from ‘gadget’ as he could fix everything such as a handyman.

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Elia Kazan awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1955Best DirectorOn the Waterfront (1954)
1948Best DirectorGentleman's Agreement (1947)

Golden Globe Awards

1964Best DirectorAmerica America (1963)
1957Best DirectorBaby Doll (1956)
1955Best DirectorOn the Waterfront (1954)
1948Best DirectorGentleman's Agreement (1947)

Elia Kazan biography timelines

  • // 7th Sep 1909
    Elia Kazan was born as Elia Kazanjoglous in Istanbul, Turkey on September 7, 1909. His father was George Kazanjoglous and his mother was Athena Sishmanoglou. He had a younger brother, Avraam.
  • // 1913
    The family moved to New York City in 1913 and shortened the last name to ‘Kazan’.
  • // 1930
    After finishing high school he enrolled at the ‘Williams College’ and graduated from there in 1930.
  • // 1930 To 1932
    He studied acting at the ‘Yale University’ from 1930 to 1932.
  • // 1932
    He joined the experimental ‘Group Theater’ in New York in the 1932.
  • // 5th Dec 1932
    He married playwright Molly Day Thatcher on December 5, 1932. He had four children from this marriage - Judy, Christopher, Nicholas and Katharine.
  • // 1941
    He started directing plays when the ‘Group Theater’ was disbanded in 1941.
  • // 1942
    In 1942 he directed the play ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ written by Thornton Wilder.
  • // 1945 To 1947
    He directed his first film ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ in 1945. His next film was ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ in 1947.
  • // 1947
    In 1947 he co-founded the ‘Actors Studio’ in New York with Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis.
  • // 1947
    Elia Kazan received a ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Direction’ in 1947 for ‘All My Sons’.
  • // 1948
    In 1948 he won an ‘Academy Award for Best Director’, the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ along with a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ or ‘Golden Lion’ award at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’.
  • // 1949
    In 1949 he received another ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ for ‘Death of a Salesman’.
  • // 1950
    He made the film ‘Panic in the Streets’ in 1950.
  • // 1950
    In 1950 Kazan won the ‘International Award’ and was nominated for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘Panic in the Streets’.
  • // 1951
    He then moved to Hollywood in 1951 to direct a film version of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
  • // 1951
    In 1951 he won a ‘Special Jury Prize’ and received a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
  • // 1952
    In 1952 he directed ‘Viva Zapata’ a biopic of the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.
  • // 1952
    In 1952 he received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and a nomination for the ‘Grand Prize of the Festival’ for ‘Viva Zapata’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.
  • // 1953
    In 1953 he received nominations for ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Viva Zapata’. He also got a nomination for the ‘Golden Bear’ award for ‘Man on a Tightrope’ at the ‘Berlin Film Festival’ in the same year.
  • // 1954
    Kazan made the film ‘On The Waterfront’ in 1954.
  • // 1954
    In 1954 he won an ‘Academy Award’ for Best Director’ and ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ along with the ‘Italian Film Critics Award’, the ‘Leone d’Argento’ or ‘Silver Lion’ award and a nomination for the ‘Leone d’Oro’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival’ for ‘On The Waterfront’.
  • // 1955
    In 1955 Kazan won ‘Best Dramatic Film’ award and was nominated for the ‘Palm d’Or’ or ‘Golden Palm Award’ for ‘East of Eden’ at the Cannes Film Festival, and the ‘OCIC Award’ for ‘On The Waterfront’ at the Venice Film Festival. He also got a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for the same film.
  • // 1956 To 1958
    He directed the play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in 1956 and ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’ in 1958.
  • // 1956
    In 1956 he received a nomination for the ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’, an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘East of Eden’ and also a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.
  • // 1957
    In 1957 he received a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ from the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for ‘Baby Doll’.
  • // 1958
    He received the ‘Connor Award’ from the ‘Phi Alpha Tau’ fraternity based at ‘Emerson College, Boston’ in Massachusetts in 1958.
  • // 1958
    In 1958 he won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture Director’ for ‘Baby Doll’ and also received a nomination for the ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Play’ for ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’.
  • // 1959
    He won his third ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Director’ for ‘J. B.’ in 1959.
  • // 1960
    He directed the play ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ in 1960.
  • // 1960
    In 1960 he received a ‘Tony Award’ nomination for ‘Best Director’ for ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and a nomination for the ‘Golden Bear’ award for ‘Wild River’ at the ‘Berlin Film Festival’.
  • // 1964
    In 1964 he directed a stage production of Arthur Miller’s ‘After the Fall’.
  • // 1964
    In 1964 he won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Motion Picture’ and received Oscar nominations for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Adapted Screen Play’ for ‘America America’.
  • // 1965
    In 1965 Elia received a ‘Tony Award’ nomination for ‘Best Producer’ for ‘Tartuffe’.
  • // 5th Jun 1967
    He married actress Barbara Loden on June 5, 1967. He had two children from this marriage - Leo and Marco.
  • // 1972
    In 1972 Kazan was nominated for the ‘Palm d’Or’ or the ‘Golden Palm’ award at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.
  • // 1976
    In 1976 he made his last film ‘The Last Tycoon’.
  • // 1982
    He married Frances Rudge in 1982.
  • // 1983
    He was made a ‘Kennedy Center Honoree’ in 1983.
  • // 1988
    He published his biography ‘Elia Kazan: A Life’ in 1988.
  • // 1996
    In 1996 he received a nomination for an ‘Honorary Golden Bear’ award at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • // 1999
    An honorary ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was presented to Kazan in 1999.
  • // 28th Sep 2003
    Elia Kazan died in Manhattan, New York City on September 28, 2003 at the age of 94.

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Elia Kazan's FAQ

  • What is Elia Kazan birthday?

    Elia Kazan was born at 1909-09-07

  • When was Elia Kazan died?

    Elia Kazan was died at 2003-09-28

  • Where was Elia Kazan died?

    Elia Kazan was died in Manhattan, New York City, United States

  • Which age was Elia Kazan died?

    Elia Kazan was died at age 94

  • Where is Elia Kazan's birth place?

    Elia Kazan was born in Constantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)

  • What is Elia Kazan nationalities?

    Elia Kazan's nationalities is Greek,Turkish,American

  • Who is Elia Kazan spouses?

    Elia Kazan's spouses is Barbara Loden (m. 1967–1980; her death), Frances Rudge (m. 1982–2003; his death), Molly Day Thacher (m. 1932–1963; her death)

  • Who is Elia Kazan childrens?

    Elia Kazan's childrens is 5 including Nicholas Kazan (son)

  • What was Elia Kazan universities?

    Elia Kazan studied at Williams College,Yale University

  • What was Elia Kazan notable alumnis?

    Elia Kazan's notable alumnis is Williams College, Yale University

  • Who is Elia Kazan's father?

    Elia Kazan's father is George Kazanjoglous

  • Who is Elia Kazan's mother?

    Elia Kazan's mother is Athena Sishmanoglou

  • What is Elia Kazan's sun sign?

    Elia Kazan is Virgo

  • How famous is Elia Kazan?

    Elia Kazan is famouse as Director, Actor, Producer