Henry Koster

Henry Koster

Birth
Berlin, Germany
Death 21 Sep 1988 (aged 83)
Camarillo, Ventura County, California, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Ventura County, California
Memorial ID 7083065 · View Source
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Henry Koster was a famous German-American film director. Blessed with a light touch (and good taste), this former painter turned to scriptwriting in Berlin in the 1920s, and became a director in the early days of sound. Forced to flee from Nazism in 1932, he made films in Austria and France before emigrating to the U.S. with his friend, producer Joseph Pasternak. The two set up shop at Universal and proved their mettle with a modest film called Three Smart Girls (1936), which made a star of Deanna Durbin. That and subsequent Durbin vehicles like One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), Spring Parade (1940), and It Started With Eve (1941)-sunny, amusing, full of schmaltz and great character actors-helped save the studio from bankruptcy. Koster followed Pasternak to MGM in the 1940s, then set off on his own and continued to make polished, entertaining films through the 1960s. Among his best: The Bishop's Wife (1947, which earned him an Oscar nomination), Harvey (1950), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955). DarrylF. Zanuck also entrusted Koster with directing his ambitious production of The Robe (1953), the first film released in CinemaScope.


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  • Created by: Rudi Polt
  • Added: 13 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7083065
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Koster (1 May 1905–21 Sep 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7083065, ; Maintained by Rudi Polt (contributor 46521785) Unknown, who reports a Ventura County, California.