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Jean Negulesco was a Romanian-born American director and screenwriter

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BirthdayFebruary 26, 1900
Died onJuly 18, 1993
NationalityRomanian, Spanish, American
FamousAmerican-romanian Film Director, Romanian Men, Film & Theater Personalities, Directors
SpousesDusty Anderson (m. 1946–1993)
Childrens Gaby Negulesco, Tina Negulesco
Birth PlaceCraiova, Romania
Born CountryRomania
GenderMale
Sun SignPisces
Born inCraiova, Romania
Famous asAmerican-Romanian film director
Died at Age93

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Who is Jean Negulesco?

Jean Negulesco was a Romanian-born American director and screenwriter who became famous for the films he directed during the 1940s and 1950s. He started out as a painter and later became a stage decorator. From being a stage decorator he became a sketch artist and then a producer, a screenwriter and finally a director. He worked in restaurants and washed dishes to pay for his classes on painting. When the First World War broke out he enrolled in the French Army and worked in the field hospitals attending to the wounded at the Western Front. After the war he returned to Paris and went through lessons on painting given by Constantin Brancusi. He went back to Romania where he earned a good name as a painter and was able to sell about 150 of his paintings. He again returned to Paris in the early 1920s and started working there as a stage decorator. During the later part of his life he went to Spain and spent the rest of his life there.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jean Negulesco was born Ioan Negulescu in Craiova, Romania, on February 29, 1900.

He did his schooling from the ‘Carl I High School’ but left home at the age of 12.

Career

Jean Negulesco moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1915.

He came back to Bucharest in Romania in 1919 and took up the job of a painter.

He moved to Paris, France, in the early 1920s and started the job of a stage decorator.

He left France for America in 1927, where he put some of his paintings on exhibition. He travelled across the US and paid for his journey by selling portraits on the way. He settled in California and started working as a portrait maker.

In 1932 ‘Paramount Pictures’ hired him for director Benjamin Glazer as a sketch artist and technical advisor for designing various scenes without violating the ‘Hays Code’.

In 1932 he was loaned to ‘Warner Bros’ as a second-unit director for the film ‘A Farewell to Arms’.

His first work in the film industry was to design a rape scene in the movie ‘The Story of Temple Drake’ in 1933.

He was persuaded by art critic Elie Faure to finance and direct his first experimental film ‘Three and a Day’ which starred Mischa Auer.

He started making sketches for the film industry in 1934 and slowly became a producer and then a director.

In 1935 he again worked for ‘Warner Bros’ and directed the film ‘Captain Blood’.

He took up the job of a screenwriter and then a film director during the later part of the 1930s.

In 1940 he was signed up by ‘Warner Bros’ to make a number of short films. He became famous for using silhouettes and shadows in the shots he took.

Negulesco was given the job of directing the film ‘The Maltese Falcon’ in 1941 but was replaced by John Huston after only two months of shooting. Another of his directorial venture ‘Singapore Woman’ met the same fate in 1941.

He got a break when he was given the job of directing ‘The Mark of Dimitros’ in 1944 which was based on a novel written by Eric Ambler. The film earned ‘Warner Bros’ a huge profits.

He directed the film ‘Johnny Belinda’ in 1948. It was the story of a deaf-mute who was raped and had a baby and then killed her tormentor. It was nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and the star Jane Wyman got the Oscar for ‘Best Actress’. Though ‘Warner Bros’ made almost $4 million from the film, Negulesco was fired from his job.

He took up the job of directing films for ‘20th Century Fox’ on separate contracts from 1948 to 1958. He made another film noir called ‘Road House’ in 1948 starring Ida Lupino and Richard Widmark.

He received great reviews for his war film ‘Three Came Home’ which he made in 1950. In the same year he directed Alec Guiness in the film ‘The Mudlark’ in England.

In 1953 he made ‘Titanic’ which was moderately successful and shot his first film in Cinemascope titled ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ starring Marilyn Monroe who was at the peak of her acting career at that time.

His film ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, shot in Rome in 1954, was a huge success and immensely popular.

This was followed by more Cinemascope successes such as ‘Woman’s World’ in 1954, ‘Daddy Long Legs’ in 1955, ‘Boy on a Dolphin’ in 1957 which was the first film starring Sophia Loren.

His films ‘The Rains of Ranchipur’ in 1955 and ‘The Gift of Love’ were complete failures at the box office.

In the late 1960s Negulesco moved to Marbella in Spain and made three more movies ‘The Pleasure Seekers’ in 1963, ‘The Invincible Six’ in 1970 and ‘Hello-Goodbye’ in 1970 which were total write-offs.

Major Works

Jean Negulesco published his autobiography ‘Things I Did and Things I Think I Did’ in 1984.

Awards & Achievements

In 1948 Jean Negulesco received a nomination for an ‘Academy Award for Best Director’ for his film ‘Johnny Belinda’.

In 1955 he won the ‘BAFTA Award for Best Film’ for the film ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’.

His film ‘The Best of Everything’ appeared on the list of ‘Top 50 Cut Films of All Time’ which was a survey conducted by the ‘Entertainment Weekly’.

He received a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ for contributing to modern cinema.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married actress Ruth ‘Dusty’ Anderson on July 21, 1946 and stayed with her till his death.

He had two daughters from this marriage named Gaby and Tina.

Jean Negulesco died of heart failure in Marbella, Andalusia, Spain, on July 18, 1993 at the age of 93.

Trivia

Jean Negulesco made a total of 72 films in his entire film career.

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Jean Negulesco biography timelines

  • // 29th Feb 1900
    Jean Negulesco was born Ioan Negulescu in Craiova, Romania, on February 29, 1900.
  • // 1915
    Jean Negulesco moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1915.
  • // 1919
    He came back to Bucharest in Romania in 1919 and took up the job of a painter.
  • // 1927
    He left France for America in 1927, where he put some of his paintings on exhibition. He travelled across the US and paid for his journey by selling portraits on the way. He settled in California and started working as a portrait maker.
  • // 1932
    In 1932 ‘Paramount Pictures’ hired him for director Benjamin Glazer as a sketch artist and technical advisor for designing various scenes without violating the ‘Hays Code’.
  • // 1932
    In 1932 he was loaned to ‘Warner Bros’ as a second-unit director for the film ‘A Farewell to Arms’.
  • // 1933
    His first work in the film industry was to design a rape scene in the movie ‘The Story of Temple Drake’ in 1933.
  • // 1934
    He started making sketches for the film industry in 1934 and slowly became a producer and then a director.
  • // 1935
    In 1935 he again worked for ‘Warner Bros’ and directed the film ‘Captain Blood’.
  • // 1940
    In 1940 he was signed up by ‘Warner Bros’ to make a number of short films. He became famous for using silhouettes and shadows in the shots he took.
  • // 1941
    Negulesco was given the job of directing the film ‘The Maltese Falcon’ in 1941 but was replaced by John Huston after only two months of shooting. Another of his directorial venture ‘Singapore Woman’ met the same fate in 1941.
  • // 1944
    He got a break when he was given the job of directing ‘The Mark of Dimitros’ in 1944 which was based on a novel written by Eric Ambler. The film earned ‘Warner Bros’ a huge profits.
  • // 21st Jul 1946
    He married actress Ruth ‘Dusty’ Anderson on July 21, 1946 and stayed with her till his death.
  • // 1948
    He directed the film ‘Johnny Belinda’ in 1948. It was the story of a deaf-mute who was raped and had a baby and then killed her tormentor. It was nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and the star Jane Wyman got the Oscar for ‘Best Actress’. Though ‘Warner Bros’ made almost $4 million from the film, Negulesco was fired from his job.
  • // 1948
    In 1948 Jean Negulesco received a nomination for an ‘Academy Award for Best Director’ for his film ‘Johnny Belinda’.
  • // 1950
    He received great reviews for his war film ‘Three Came Home’ which he made in 1950. In the same year he directed Alec Guiness in the film ‘The Mudlark’ in England.
  • // 1953
    In 1953 he made ‘Titanic’ which was moderately successful and shot his first film in Cinemascope titled ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ starring Marilyn Monroe who was at the peak of her acting career at that time.
  • // 1954
    His film ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, shot in Rome in 1954, was a huge success and immensely popular.
  • // 1955
    His films ‘The Rains of Ranchipur’ in 1955 and ‘The Gift of Love’ were complete failures at the box office.
  • // 1955
    In 1955 he won the ‘BAFTA Award for Best Film’ for the film ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’.
  • // 1984
    Jean Negulesco published his autobiography ‘Things I Did and Things I Think I Did’ in 1984.
  • // 18th Jul 1993
    Jean Negulesco died of heart failure in Marbella, Andalusia, Spain, on July 18, 1993 at the age of 93.

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Jean Negulesco's FAQ

  • What is Jean Negulesco birthday?

    Jean Negulesco was born at 1900-02-26

  • When was Jean Negulesco died?

    Jean Negulesco was died at 1993-07-18

  • Where was Jean Negulesco died?

    Jean Negulesco was died in Marbella, Andalusia, Spain

  • Which age was Jean Negulesco died?

    Jean Negulesco was died at age 93

  • Where is Jean Negulesco's birth place?

    Jean Negulesco was born in Craiova, Romania

  • What is Jean Negulesco nationalities?

    Jean Negulesco's nationalities is Romanian,Spanish,American

  • Who is Jean Negulesco spouses?

    Jean Negulesco's spouses is Dusty Anderson (m. 1946–1993)

  • Who is Jean Negulesco childrens?

    Jean Negulesco's childrens is Gaby Negulesco, Tina Negulesco

  • What is Jean Negulesco's sun sign?

    Jean Negulesco is Pisces

  • How famous is Jean Negulesco?

    Jean Negulesco is famouse as American-Romanian film director