Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the “American Dream personified.” Capra became one of America’s most influential directors during the 1930s, winning three Academy Awards for Best Director from six nominations, along with three other Oscar wins from nine nominations in other categories. Among his leading films were It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Capra was nominated as Best Director and as producer for Academy Award for Best Picture on all three films, winning both awards on the first two. During World War II, Capra served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and produced propaganda films, such as the Why We Fight series.
|Born:||Francesco Rosario Capra, May 18, 1897, Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy|
|Died:||September 03, 1991, La Quinta, California, United States|
|Burial place:||Coachella Valley Public Cemetery|
|Other names:||Frank Russell Capra|
|Alma mater:||California Institute of Technology|
|Occupation:||Film director, producer, writer|
|Title:||President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1935–1939|
|Children:||4, including Frank Capra Jr.|
|IMDb:||Frank Capra’s IMDb|
About Frank Capra
Celebrated director whose film It Happened One Night became the first film to win all 5 top Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay. His other notable films include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can’t Take It With You and It’s a Wonderful Life.
He was born in Sicily and traveled to America in the steerage section of a ship.
His 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life was a box office disappointment, though it earned five Oscar nominations and was named one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American films, becoming a favorite American Christmas film.
He married second wife Lucille Warner in 1928. He had four children with her, including Frank Capra, Jr.
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