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Henry Koster Overview:

Director, Henry Koster, was born Hermann Kosterlitz on May 1, 1905 in Berlin, Germany. Koster died at the age of 83 on Sep 21, 1988 in Camarillo, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Koster was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best DirectorThe Bishop's Wife (1947)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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My Cousin Rachel (1952, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 1, 2018 From The Stop Button

Olivia de Havilland is top-billed on My Cousin Rachel, but Richard Burton’s the star. For better or worse. Burton’s a young English gentleman, de Havilland is his cousin. And his cousin–and guardian’s–widow. She doesn’t appear for the first twenty-five minutes of the film, which instead have Burton ... Read full article


Director and James Stewart

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 23, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

James Stewart and director made a wonderful team. They worked together on five films, beginning with the highly entertaining Harvey. Stewart had made numerous comedies in the 1930s and 1940s and had a natural knack for comedy, but in the 1950s and 1960s he was turning more and more towa... Read full article


Director and James Stewart

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 23, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

James Stewart and director made a wonderful team. They worked together on five films, beginning with the highly entertaining Harvey. Stewart had made numerous comedies in the 1930s and 1940s and had a natural knack for comedy, but in the 1950s and 1960s he was turning more and more towa... Read full article


Director and James Stewart

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 23, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

James Stewart and director made a wonderful team. They worked together on five films, beginning with the highly entertaining Harvey. Stewart had made numerous comedies in the 1930s and 1940s and had a natural knack for comedy, but in the 1950s and 1960s he was turning more and more towa... Read full article


’s FRAULEIN (1958)

By Will McKinley on Apr 12, 2013 From Cinematically Insane

Watching the DVD of ’s FRAULEIN (1958) from 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives was one of my most frustrating classic film viewing experiences in recent memory. You can read all about it in my review at Cinema Sentries. In the meantime, here are some pictures of stars Dana Wynter, Mel Ferr... Read full article


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Henry Koster Facts
He was forced to flee Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power when he knocked out a Nazi SA officer who insulted him in a bank. The manager of the bank, a friend of Koster's, saw the incident, shoved some money into his pocket and told him to go directly to the train station. Koster took his advice and made his way to France, then to America. Ironically, after World War II started, Koster was considered an enemy alien and was restricted to his house in the evening. Charles Laughton visited him and played chess with him.

When he married Peggy Moran in 1941 he promised her he would put her in every movie he made from then on. He did, but it was her statue. Usually it is a sculptured head on a mantelpiece or a piano or desk. In The Robe (1953) he commissioned a Grecian bust of her that appears prominently in a Roman villa.

Directed 6 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Cecil Kellaway, Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester, Josephine Hull, James Stewart and Richard Burton. Hull won an Oscar for Harvey (1950).

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