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Encyclopedia > Becky Sharp (film)

The 1935 film Becky Sharp, based on the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, tells the story of a lower-class girl who insinuates herself into an upper class family, only to see her life and the lives of those around her destroyed. The ruthless, self-willed and beautiful Becky is one of the most famous characters in English literature. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the novel. ... William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian. ...


The movie was adapted by Francis Edward Faragoh from the play by Langdon Mitchell, which was adapted from the original novel. It was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and Lowell Sherman. It stars Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke, Alison Skipworth, Nigel Bruce and Alan Mowbray. Rouben Mamoulian (October 8, 1897 – December 4, 1987) was an American film and theatre director. ... Miriam Hopkins in the title role of Becky Sharp (1935) Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902–October 9, 1972) was an American actress. ... Frances Dee in Becky Sharp (1935) Frances Dee (born November 26, 1909 (sources used to cite 1907 as her year of birth while she was alive); died March 6, 2004) was an actress. ... Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke (February 19, 1893 - August 6, 1964) was a British actor. ... Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke (born August 7, 1884 in Washington D.C.; died May 14, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) was an actress primarily known to modern audiences for her role as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in the musical The Wizard of Oz. ... William Nigel Bruce (September 4, 1895 – October 8, 1953), usually credited as Nigel Bruce, was a British character actor, best known as Dr. Watson in a series of films and radio starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. ... Alan Mowbray (August 18, 1896 - March 25, 1969), was a British stage and film actor who found success in Hollywood. ...


The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (Miriam Hopkins). The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Lowell Sherman developed pneumonia early in filming, and had to leave the production. His replacement, Mamoulian, scrapped all of the original footage and started over. Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the microscopic, air-filled sacs (alveoli) responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ...


Becky Sharp was the first feature length film to use the three-strip Technicolor process. It has been suggested that John Hay Whitney/Technicolor be merged into this article or section. ...


 
 

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