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Henry Hathaway
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Filmmaker
    (March 13, 1898-February 11, 1985)
    Born in Sacramento, California
    Birth name was Henri Leopold de Fiennes
    Assistant director for Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg and Victor Fleming
    Directed 'Heritage of the Desert' (1932), 'The Lives of a Bengal Lancer' (1935), 'The Real Glory' (1939), 'Wing and a Prayer' (1944), 'The House on 92nd Street' (1945), 'Kiss of Death' (1947), 'Call Northside 777' (1948), 'The Desert Fox' (1951), 'Niagara' (1953), 'Prince Valiant' (1954), '23 Paces to Baker Street' (1956), 'From Hell to Texas' (1958), 'North to Alaska' (1960), 'How the West Was Won' (1962), 'Circus World' (1964), 'The Sons of Katie Elder' (1965), 'True Grit' (1969), 'Shoot Out' (1971) and 'Hangup' (1974)
    He was a Belgian marquis.
    He started as a child actor in two-reel silent films for Thomas Ince.
    He often had a contentious relationship with his actors.
    He said, 'To be a good director, you have to be a bastard. I'm a bastard and I know it.'
    He was a gunnery instructor during World War I.
    He was married to Blanche 'Skip' Gonzalez for 52 years.
    He was one of the pioneers of shooting Westerns on location.
    He directed John Wayne's Oscar-winning performance in 'True Grit.'
    He said, 'I think my greatest directorial strength is my stubbornness. I know what I want and I go after it.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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