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Job Film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor
Years active 1942-1991
Top Roles Motorcyclist by Suez Canal, Man at Café, Reporter
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Film Adaptation, War, Comedy, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Based on Play, Period Piece
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Shares birthday with Ray Enright, Simone Signoret, Ed Begley  see more..

David Lean Overview:

Legendary director, David Lean, was born on Mar 25, 1908 in Croydon, England. Lean died at the age of 83 on Apr 16, 1991 in London, England and was laid to rest in Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium in London, England.



David Lean was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two for Best Director for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia in 1957 and 1962 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1946Best DirectorBrief Encounter (1945)N/ANominated
1947Best DirectorGreat Expectations (1946)N/ANominated
1955Best DirectorSummertime (1955)N/ANominated
1957Best DirectorThe Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)N/AWon
1962Best DirectorLawrence of Arabia (1962)N/AWon
1965Best DirectorDoctor Zhivago (1965)N/ANominated
1984Best DirectorA Passage to India (1984)N/ANominated
1984Best WritingA Passage to India (1984)N/ANominated
1984Best Film EditingA Passage to India (1984)N/ANominated

BlogHub Articles:

Doctor Zhivago (1965, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 10, 2015 From The Stop Button

When Doctor Zhivago got to its intermission, I assumed director Lean would keep things moving as fast in the second half as he did in the first. These expectations were all high melodrama. Instead, the post-intermission section of Zhivago feels utterly detached from the first, even though there are ... Read full article

Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit (, 1945)

By Judy on Jun 28, 2013 From Movie Classics

Margaret Rutherford on her bike This posting is my contribution to the Funny Lady blogathon being organised by the Movies, Silently blog. Please do visit and read the postings on a host of actresses from different eras. If there’s a film moment that sums up Margaret Rutherford’s screen p... Read full article

Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By minooallen on Mar 25, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend , born March 25th, 1908! As human beings, and by reading this I assume you are one, we love seeing things grow. We plant tiny little seeds to watch them grow into bright colorful flowers. Parents save photographs of their babies to document their deve... Read full article

Great Expectations (, 1946)

By Judy on Dec 20, 2012 From Movie Classics

I didn’t have time to update my blog yesterday and, realistically, my blogging might be a bit hit and miss now as Christmas arrives, but I will try to write new postings as frequently as possible, even if my Dickens in December season ends up stretching into January. Just a few thoughts today ... Read full article

’s SUMMERTIME (1955)

By MargaretPerry on Jul 9, 2012 From Margaret Perry

Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) has finally earned herself a personal holiday in Venice, Italy. An unmarried professional, she travels alone, hoping to discover she knows not what in this exotic new city. She meets handsome antique dealer Renato de Rossi (Rossano Brazzi) and after a bit of a rocky s... Read full article

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Towards the end of his life, he said he'd like to have another go at filming Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago." The prerequisite for remaking the film would be the casting of Julie Christie once again as Lara, but since she would be too old for the part, he wouldn't be able to do it.

Both Lean's first wife, Isabel Lean (b. 1908) and his third, actress Ann Todd, were his first cousins.

Originally wanted to direct Empire of the Sun (1987), but passed it on to Steven Spielberg because of advancing years.

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