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|Nickname:||David Lean / Sir David Lean /|
|Known for:||Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage to India|
|Birthday:||25 March 1908, Croydon, Surrey, England, UK|
|Height:||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
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TriviaHe was honoured with the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1990. According to Richard Schickel, Lean was so wounded by Pauline Kael's and other critics' vicious attacks on Ryan's Daughter (1970/I) that he didn't direct another picture for 14 years, until A Passage to India (1984). His first wife was his first cousin, Isabel Lean (b. 1908). He was married 6 times and at all times briefly, apparently having been unable to maintain a marriage due to his wandering eye. He also declined to discuss his personal life. Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890- 1945". Pages 633-639. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987. Directed 11 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: 'Celia Johnson', Katharine Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, John Mills, Sarah Miles, Peggy Ashcroft and Judy Davis. Guiness, Mills and Ashcroft won for their performances in one of Lean's movies. Peter O'Toole based his performance in The Stunt Man (1980) on Lean. Once screened Lawrence of Arabia (1962) with Steven Spielberg. Lean gave Spielberg a "live director's commentary" (as Spielberg put it). Spielberg said it was one of the best moments of his life, learning from a true master. Consequently, Spielberg stated that it helped him make better pictures and that commentary directly influenced every movie he has made since. Frequently worked with Alec Guinness. When he recommended that Steven Spielberg direct Empire of the Sun (1987), Spielberg ended up hiring Eve Mavrakis as a translator. Fittingly, Mavrakis would go on to marry Ewan McGregor, who succeeded Guinness in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Expressed an interest, in 1955, in making a film version of the BBC Light Programme's "Journey into Space" SF radio serial.