Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille was one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood history. Out of the seventy films he claimed as his personal productions, all but six turned a profit, and he remained a leading director of "A" list features from his first film in 1914 to his last in 1956. Born in Ashfield, Massachusetts on August 12, 1881, he was the second son of Henry Churchill de Mille and Matilda Beatrice Samuel de Mille. Cecil's father taught at Columbia University and was a lay minister in the Episcopal Church. In 1882, Henry de Mille, who had unfulfilled dreams of becoming an actor, was hired as a play reader with Madison Square Theater in New York. He started writing plays and entered into a very successful collaboration with the silver haired "wizard of Broadway," David Belasco.

DeMille suffered a heart attack on location in Egypt while making the second version of the "The Ten Commandments," but managed to recover sufficiently to finish the picture. He was planning a film on space exploration at the time of his death on January 21, 1959. http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000034.pdf (page 12-14)


Lasky-DeMille Barn (Los Angeles County, California)