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 Charles Vidor

Charles Vidor

Birth
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death 4 Jun 1959 (aged 58)
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Burial East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Interred in same mausoleum as Harry Warner
Memorial ID 8571 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director. Born Karoly Vidor in Budapest. He served as an infantry lieutenant in the Hungarian Army during World War I and drifted into odd jobs at the UFA studio in Berlin. Arriving in Hollywood in 1924, he worked as an assistant director, editor, and screenwriter before making his directing debut in 1931. Vidor became a solid craftsman who made the most of shoddy scripts and rose to the occasion with quality material, especially when his obvious love of music was engaged. With "Cover Girl" (1944) he was the first to allow Gene Kelly to choreograph his own imaginative dance numbers; he lead Cornel Wilde to stardom (and an Oscar nomination) in the Chopin biopic "A Song to Remember" (1945); and extracted a steamy, career-defining performance from Rita Hayworth in "Gilda" (1946), with its unforgettable "Put the Blame on Mame" faux-striptease. The latter is considered his finest film. Vidor's other credits include "The Loves of Carmen" (1948), "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952), "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955), "The Swan" (1956), "The Joker Is Wild" (1957), and "A Farewell to Arms" (1957). He died of a heart attack in Vienna during production of "Song Without End" (1960); the film was completed by George Cukor. Vidor was married to actresses Karen Morley (1932 to 1943) and Evelyn Keyes (1943 to 1945). His fourth wife was Doris Warner, daughter of studio mogul Harry Warner, and he is interred in the Warner Bros. Family Mausoleum.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 28 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8571
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Vidor (27 Jul 1900–4 Jun 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8571, citing Home of Peace Memorial Park, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .