Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Interesting Facts

1 As an MGM producer in 1938, rewrote F. Scott Fitzgerald's screenplay of the Erich Maria Remarque novel "Three Comrades." Fitzgerald from then on would refer to him as "Monkeybitch." Fitzgerald nevertheless received his only screen credit for the adaptation.
2 He directed two films which featured Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony as major characters: Julius Caesar (1953) and Cleopatra (1963).
3 He is still one of only two film directors to win the Academy Award for Best Director two years in a row, winning for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950). The other director is John Ford, who won for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and _How Green Was My Valley (1941).
4 Distantly related to Zev Chafets. Chafets' cousin, Joseph Stenbuck, was married to his sister, Erna Mankiewicz.
5 Upon his death, his remains were interred at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard in Bedford, Westchester County, New York.
6 Obliged as a disciplinary measure to write some episodes of the TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954), he wrote a script in which the dog behaved like a perfect coward and, instead of saving a boy from a fire, made him fall down into the flames.
7 Was awarded the Italian Order of Merit in 1965, in gratitude for his having made four movies in Italy. He was the first American to receive the honor.
8 Ernst Lubitsch was his cinematic idol.
9 Suffered from a painful dermatological condition which caused his fingertips to split open. This ailment was often brought on by the stress of filmmaking, and he can be seen in many photographs wearing white film editor's gloves while directing.
10 Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983
11 Directed 12 different actors in Oscar-ominated performances: George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Marlon Brando, Edmond O'Brien, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier. Sanders and O'Brien won Oscars for their performances in one of Mankiewicz's movies.
12 Uncle of Frank Mankiewicz, noted writer and Democratic political strategist who once worked as Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary. Frank Mankiewicz serves as Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations in Washington, DC.
13 Granduncle of Timothy, Jesse, Antonia and Nick Davis (Johanna's children), John Mankiewicz (Don's son), Ben Mankiewicz and Josh Mankiewicz (Frank's sons).
14 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 714-722. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987. Biography in: Cheryl Bray Lower & R. Barton Palmer, "Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Critical Studies and Guide to Resources with Annotated Bibliography and Filmography." Pages 5-23. Jefferson NY: McFarland & Co., 2001.
15 To date the only filmmaker to have won Oscars for writing and directing two years in a row. (2011).
16 (1950-1951) President of the Screen Directors Guild.
17 Uncle of Don Mankiewicz and the late novelist Johanna Mankiewicz Davis.
18 Brother of writer Herman J. Mankiewicz and Erna Mankiewicz.
19 Father of Eric Reynal with his first wife, producer Christopher Mankiewicz and writer-director Tom Mankiewicz with his second, and Alexandra Mankiewicz with his third.
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