Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk

Far from Heaven (2002) was intended as a tribute to Sirk's films, which are also said to have been the original influence for TV soap operas.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 779-782. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1005-1017. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Jane Wyman, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack, Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore. Malone won an Oscar for Written on the Wind (1956).

Director John Waters has cited him as one of his greatest influences.

Father of Klaus Detlef Sierck (1925-1944).

In Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994), inside of the movie-homage diner "Jack Rabbit Slim's" one of the characters orders a "Douglas Sirk Steak" from the menu.

In 1980 the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival wanted him to be President of the Jury. The telegram sent to their Hollywood office was to read, "Request Douglas Sirk for jury". However, a typo and an extra comma resulted in it reading, "Request Douglas, Kirk for jury". Kirk Douglas became the President of the 1980 jury.

Was of Danish heritage but grew up in Germany.

Was voted the 38th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.