Preminger in 1976, by Allan Warren
|Born||Otto Ludwig Preminger
5 December 1905
Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary (present Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine)
|Died||23 April 1986
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer
|Occupation||Director, producer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Marion Mill (m. 1932â€“49) (d.1972)
Mary Gardner (m. 1951â€“59) (d.1998)
Hope Bryce (m. 1971â€“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.
Directing Marilyn Monroe was like directing Lassie. You needed fourteen takes to get each one of them right.
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.
Directing her was like directing Lassie. You need 14 takes to get each one of them right.
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.
I stopped acting when I was 19. The only time I acted again was during the war, when there were no other Nazis available.
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.
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!