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Robert Aldrich (August 9, 1918December 5, 1983) was a United States film director, writer and producer notable for a number of films including What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and The Dirty Dozen. August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... December 5 is the 339th day (340th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production. ... What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 Warner Bros. ... Hush. ... Movie poster of The Dirty Dozen The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 fictional war movie directed by Robert Aldrich from the novel by E.M. Nathanson. ...


Robert Burgess Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward B. Aldrich, and grandson of US Senator Nelson W. Aldrich. Robert was educated at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island and went to the University of Virginia to study economics. He dropped out in 1941 to begin his film industry career with a minor job at RKO. Cranston is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (November 6, 1841 - April 16, 1915) was an American politician. ... Moses Brown School is a Quaker private school located in Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1784 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island as the New England Yearly Meeting School during the New England Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. ... Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. ... The University of Virginia (also referred to as UVa and often called simply Virginia for short) is a research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... Economics (deriving from the Greek words οίκω [okos], house, and νέμω [nemo], rules hence household management) is the social science that studies the allocation of scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ...


He quickly worked his way up the production ladder, as an assistant director he worked with men including Jean Renoir, Abraham Polonsky, Joseph Losey and Charlie Chaplin. He moved into television direction in the 1950s and directed his first feature film, The Big Leaguer, in 1954. In the 1950s Aldrich was a rare American example of the auteur, enforcing his own vision across a wide thematic range, with films like the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, the adaptation of Clifford Odets' play about Hollywood The Big Knife (both 1955) and the war film Attack! (1956). Jean Renoir (September 15, 1894-February 12, 1979), born in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France was a film director. ... Abraham Polonsky (1910 - 1999) is mainly remembered as an American screenwriter. ... Joseph Losey (January 14, 1909 - June 22, 1984) was an American theater and film director. ... Chaplin in his costume as The Tramp Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was the most famous actor in early to mid Hollywood cinema, and later also a notable director. ... The term auteur (French for author) is used to describe film directors who are considered to be artists with their own unique vision. ... Film noir is a stylistic approach to genre films forged in depression-era detective and gangster movies and hard-boiled detective stories which were a staple of pulp fiction. ... Kiss Me Deadly a chilling film noir from 1955 based upon a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery. ... Attack! is a board game published by Eagle Games and created by Glenn Drove released in 2003. ...


In the 1960s he went on to direct a number of major commercial successes, such as the gothic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), the controversial The Killing of Sister George (1969) and the exemplar for many later war films, The Dirty Dozen (1967). The success of Dozen allowed him to set up his own studio and finance his own films for a few years, but a series of flops returned him to Hollywood and a series of more commercial films, such as The Longest Yard (1974). His stunning Western from 1972 Ulzana's Raid is among the very best of his works. Films of the war film genre deal primarily with actual warfare, usually featuring sea, air, or land battles and their combatants, or on daily military or civilian life in the midst of battle or the threat of battle. ... The Longest Yard was a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards. ... Ulzanas Raid is a 1972 movie starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Robert Aldrich. ...


He had four children with his first wife Harriet Foster, all of whom became involved in the movie business: Adell Aldrich, William Aldrich, Alida Aldrich, and Kelly Aldrich. Robert and Harriet later divorced, and he married model Sybille Siegfried in 1965. Adell Aldrich (born June 11, 1943), sometimes credited as Adell Aldrich Bravos, is a United States film director and script supervisor. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


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Robert Aldrich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (370 words)
Robert Burgess Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward B. Aldrich, and grandson of US Senator Nelson W. Aldrich.
Robert was educated at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island and went to the University of Virginia to study economics.
Robert and Harriet later divorced, and he married model Sybille Siegfried in 1965.
MSN Encarta - Search Results - Robert Aldrich (119 words)
Aldrich, Robert (1918–1983), American film director and producer, who made more than two dozen motion pictures, including a 1967 box office hit,...
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907), American writer and editor, whose most famous work, Story of a Bad Boy (1870), was based on his boyhood...
Aldrich's most important contribution was in the field of banking reform.
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