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Otto Preminger

Preminger in 1976, by Allan Warren
Born Otto Ludwig Preminger
(1905-12-05)5 December 1905
Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary (present Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine)
Died 23 April 1986(1986-04-23) (aged 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Alzheimer’s disease
Occupation Director, producer, actor
Years active 1931–86
Spouse(s) Marion Mill (m. 1932–49) (d.1972)
Mary Gardner (m. 1951–59) (d.1998)
Hope Bryce (m. 1971–86)

When I finish a film, I want to forget it. I never like to repeat myself. Maybe, when I am dead, they will find certain consistencies in the style of my films, but I never want one film to look like another.
Otto Preminger
Directing Marilyn Monroe was like directing Lassie. You needed fourteen takes to get each one of them right.
Otto Preminger
What counts isn't the frame, it's what you put in it.
I live in the present. When I finish a film, it is behind me. My reward is in my work, not in a lot of old memories.
Otto Preminger
Directing her was like directing Lassie. You need 14 takes to get each one of them right.
Otto Preminger
I can't talk about every single film I made. It's not my way to go back into the past and to look at my old pictures and to discuss them.
Otto Preminger
I do not welcome advice from actors; they are here to act.
I stopped acting when I was 19. The only time I acted again was during the war, when there were no other Nazis available.
Otto Preminger
I never seek controversy or foresee it for my pictures. I take a personal stand, and perhaps because my films are on contemporary subjects, people do not share my point of view.
Otto Preminger
When I was a young actor in Vienna, already my hair was falling out at a rapid rate. I went to a doctor, who said hair was like grass: if you mow it, then it grows back stronger. So I went to Brittany, where nobody knew me, and I shaved my head. When it grew back – only the fringes!
Otto Preminger