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Overview (3)

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Juanita Scott (16 June 1953 - 19 June 1962) ( his death)
Edna Skelton (25 November 1945 - 19 July 1949)
Rena Rogers (16 June 1916 - 22 January 1941) ( divorced)

Trivia (18)

Brother of assistant director Lew Borzage.
Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA., in the Garden of Everlasting Peace.
Brother of actor Danny Borzage.
First person to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 41-47. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
He separated from his wife in 1940. They divorced in 1941.
Was a licensed pilot.
Directed 2 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Janet Gaynor, Margaret Sullavan. Gaynor won, Sullavan didn't.
His father Luigi Borzaga (sic) was from Roncone in Trentino, then Austria-Hungary and his mother from Zurich, Switzerland. The family immigrated to the U.S. in Pennsylvania where his father worked as a coal miner for a time. The family then headed west to Wyoming and then to Salt Lake City where Frank was born.
Worked with a touring company, eventually graduating to acting. Entered films as an actor in westerns and comedy shorts in 1912, alternating leading roles with character parts as villains. Began to direct the following year. Borzage worked under contract at Fox, 1925-1932; at Warner Brothers (1934-1937); and at MGM (1937-1942). His films were often characterised by sentimentality and pathos.
His father, Luigi Borzaga, was a stone mason who was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles in 1934.
Many of his films combine romanticism with spirituality, or feature the lives of lovers imperiled by adversity, usually turbulent socio/political events, as for example, the First World War, the Great Depression or the rise of fascism.
Noted for his technical skills. His films often had a lyrical appeal and were visually striking. He was especially effective in matching mythical subjects with innovative camera work and lighting.
Won a 1962 D.W. Griffith Award for 'outstanding contributions in the field of film direction'.
He was Lon Chaney's first choice to direct The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923).
To date, only one of four people to have won the Best Director Oscar more than once without any of those films having won the Oscar for Best Picture. His two wins are for 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). The other three individuals are George Stevens for directing A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1956), Ang Lee for directing Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), and Alfonso Cuarón for directing Gravity (2013) and Roma (2018).
Directed two of the three films for which Janet Gaynor won the first ever Best Actress Academy Award for, 7th Heaven (1927) and Street Angel (1928).
Directed four Best Picture Oscar nominees: 7th Heaven (1927), Bad Girl (1931), A Farewell to Arms (1932) and Flirtation Walk (1934).

Personal Quotes (1)

Make the audience sentimental instead of the player. Make the audience act.

Salary (1)

Moonrise (1948) $100,000

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