Robert Z. Leonard Overview:

Director, Robert Z. Leonard, was born Robert Zigler Leonard on Oct 7, 1889 in Chicago, IL. Leonard died at the age of 78 on Aug 27, 1968 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.



Although Leonard was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1929/30Best DirectorThe Divorcee (1930)N/ANominated
1936Best DirectorThe Great Ziegfeld (1936)N/ANominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Directed 2 actresses to Oscar nominations: Norma Shearer (Best Actress, The Divorcee (1930)) and Luise Rainer (Best Actress, The Great Ziegfeld (1936)). Both won Oscars for their performances in Leonard's films.

Second cousin of actress Lillian Russell.

Directed Greta Garbo in her first American screen test.

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