Edmund Goulding


Edmund Goulding

Feltham, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
Death 24 Dec 1959 (aged 68)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Wee Kirk Churchyard section, Map #A01, Lot 260, Single Ground Interment Space 4
Memorial ID 19207 View Source
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Actor, Author, Director, Composer, Playwright. He is remembered for his prolific work in the film industry during the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. He started his entertainment career at the age of twelve acting on stage in England and later studying with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His father was a butcher, who was a stern parent. He made his New York stage debut in 1915 and acted in a handful of silent films before joining the British Army to serve during World War I. After the war, he came to Hollywood, California to resume his career. As a screenwriter, his silent-film credit included “Tol'able David” in 1921, “Dante Inferno” in 1924, and after he wrote the novel “Fury” in 1922, he adapted it for a 1923 film. At MGM Studios, he directed his first film, “Sun-up” in 1925; the next was “Paris” in 1926 with Joan Crawford; and in 1927 starring Great Garbo “Love,” which was was an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina”. His screenplay and first “talkie” film, “The Trespasser”, which was a melodrama starring Gloria Swanson, was done in 1929. He became involved with every facets of film making including composing music, overseeing costumes, makeup, and setting lights' yet not listed in the credits. At times, he collaborated with Elsie Janis when composing songs. “Eddie” Goulding was called a “Jack-of-all-trades” but never mastered the camera usually leaving that to the cameraman. He was one of eleven directors to be given credit for “Paramount on Parade” in 1930 and in the same year “Devil Holiday” and “Reaching for the Moon”. Building a reputation of an excellent director, in 1931 he made “The Night Angel” and Douglas Fairbanks' “Wall Street”. In November of 1931 he married dancer Marjorie Moss, whose health was poor with tuberculosis and dying three and a half years later. He was know for having large wild parties with the law being called more than once.. In 1932, his film “Grand Hotel” made him one of Hollywood's top directors as it received an Academy Award for best picture, yet Goulding and the actors were not nominated. During his lengthy career, he never received an Oscar nomination, but many of the actors and actresses in his films were nominated and some won the Oscar. By 1935, he had relocated to Warner Brothers Studios. Working with the top actors of the time, he continued making films: in 1937 “That Certain Woman” and a remake of “The Trespasser”; in 1938 “White Banner”; and in 1939 “Dark Victory” and “Old Maid” starring Bette Davis in both and another remake “The Dawn Patrol”. Entering a new decade, he continued with films “Til We Meet Again” in 1940 , “The Great Lie” in 1941 starring Bette Davis, “Forever and a Day” “Claudia” and “The Constant Nymph” in 1943. At this point, he spent several years away from Hollywood to write, produce, and direct the Broadway play “The Ryan Girl,” which opened September 24, 1945 for a six-week run. He wrote several novels and poetry. Upon his return in 1946, he tackled a remake of the 1934 film,“Of Human Bondage” with some success. Colleagues gave him the “backhanded” compliment of being a woman's director. He moved to Twentieth-Century Fox Studios to finish his career. In 1946 his big budget film“The Razor's Edge” was nominated for an Academy Award and was followed by the “Nightmare Alley” in 1947. In the 1950's, he changed to comedies with his first being “Mister 880” with Burt Lancaster and followed with “We're Not Married” in 1952. Then he had a string of musicals: in 1956 “Down Among the Sheltering Palms," the same year “Teenage Rebel” with Ginger Rogers and his last film “Mardi Gras” in 1958 with Pat Boone. His health was declining with him dying a year later at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, according to his death certificate, during heart surgery. He was involved in the making of at least fifty films during his lifetime. Film historian Matthew Kennedy's 2002 biography “Edmund Goulding’s Dark Victory: Hollywood’s Genius Bad Boy” tells the details of his life.

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