Vidor, King, 1894-1982

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1894-02-08
Death 1982-11-01
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Filmmaker, art collector; Los Angeles, Calif.

From the description of King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122515357

American movie producer.

From the description of King Vidor papers, 1825-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122699728

From the guide to the King Vidor papers, 1825-1970, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

American motion picture director.

From the description of King Vidor Collection, 1924-1941 (bulk 1941). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 191957081

King Wallis Vidor was born Feb. 8, 1894 in Galveston, TX; made fifty-six feature films in forty years; married Florence Arto, 1915 (divorced 1925); married Eleanor Boardman, 1926 (later divorced); married Elizabeth Hill; his directorial debut was The turn in the road (1919); made Hallelujah! (1929), the first sound picture with an all black cast; best known for The big parade (1925), The crowd (1928), The champ (1931), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the sun (1947); wrote an autobiography, A tree is a tree (1953); retired from films in the late 1950s; taught a graduate cinema class during the 1960s at UCLA; received Edinburgh Film Festival award for career achievements, 1964; after receiving five Academy Award nominations during the course of his career, he was granted a special award for his innovations in cinema, 1979; died of congestive heart failure, Paso Robles, CA, on Nov. 1, 1982.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1965. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38128916

Moving-picture director.

From the description of Reminiscences of King Wallis Vidor : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122574513

Biography

King Wallis Vidor was born February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas; made fifty-six feature films in forty years; married Florence Arto, 1915 (divorced 1925); married Eleanor Boardman, 1926 (later divorced); married Elizabeth Hill; his directorial debut was The turn in the road (1919); made Hallelujah! (1929), the first sound picture with an all black cast; best known for The big parade (1925), The crowd (1928), The champ (1931), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the sun (1947); wrote an autobiography, A tree is a tree (1953); retired from films in the late 1950s; taught a graduate cinema class during the 1960s at UCLA; received Edinburgh Film Festival award for career achievements, 1964; after receiving five Academy Award nominations during the course of his career, he was granted a special award for his innovations in cinema, 1979; died of congestive heart failure, Paso Robles, California, on November 1, 1982.

From the guide to the King Vidor Papers, 1920-1965, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Subjects:

  • Performing Arts
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Motion pictures--Production and direction
  • Silent films--Production and direction--United States--Archival resources
  • Motion pictures--History
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion pictures
  • Silent films--Production and direction--Archival resources
  • Motion pictures--United States--History--Sources
  • Correspondence
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Motion picture producers and directors--Interviews
  • Painters
  • Filmmakers
  • Silent films
  • Motion picture producers and directors--History--Sources
  • Material Types
  • Motion picture producers and directors--United States--History--Sources
  • Art, American--Collectors and collecting
  • Motion pictures--History--Sources
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources

Occupations:

  • Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • California--Los Angeles (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania--Chadds Ford (as recorded)