Irving Rapper Overview:

Director, Irving Rapper, was born on Jan 16, 1898 in London, England. Rapper died at the age of 101 on Dec 20, 1999 in Woodland Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, NY.


Although Irving Rapper was born in England, his parents emigrated to the United States when he was a child. He moved straight from New York University to directing for the stage, and was well established when Warners hired him in 1935 as a dialogue coach. He stayed in films, initially as an assistant director, but as full director from 1941.

Almost from the beginning, Rapper worked with Max Steiner as his music composer. Steiner's sweeping scores worked wonders for The Gay Sisters with Barbara Stanwyck, and One Foot in Heaven with Fredric March. Jack Warner saw the handkerchiefs come out a the end of these films, and put Rapper (and Steiner) at the helm of the Bette Davis vehicle Now Voyager. Rapper also directed Miss Davis in The Corn is Green and, reunited with Rains and Henreid, in the magnificently silly, Deception.

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Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 913-917. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Directed 4 actors to Oscar nominations: Bette Davis (Best Actress, Now, Voyager (1942)), Gladys Cooper (Best Supporting Actress, Now, Voyager (1942)), John Dall (Best Supporting Actor, The Corn Is Green (1945)), and Joan Lorring (Best Supporting Actress, The Corn Is Green (1945)).

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