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Capra, Frank

Born: 1897 AD
Died: 1991 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Director

1897 – Born Francesco Rosario Capra on the 18th day of May this year in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy.


1903 – His family moved to the United States of America.


1918 – Graduated from Throop Institute (later renamed the California Institute of Technology) with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He also joined the United States Army. While at the Presidio, he got Spanish influenza and was discharged on the 13th of December.


1920 – Became a naturalized citizen of the United States, registering his name as Frank Russell Capra.


1930 – Began his career in silent films; he also went to work for Mack Sennett and then moved to Columbia Pictures.


1934 – After the comedy "It Happened One Night", he directed a steady stream of films for Columbia intended to be inspirational and humanitarian.


1936 – He hosted the 8th Academy Awards ceremony.


1942 – Between this year and 1948, when he produced State of the Union, Capra also directed or co-directed eight war documentaries including Prelude to War, The Nazis Strike. His Academy Award-winning documentary series, Why We Fight, is widely considered a masterpiece of propaganda.


1946 – His movie "It’s a Wonderful Life" is perhaps his most widely known and long-lasting film to date.


1961 – His final theatrical film was "Pocketful of Miracles", with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis. He had planned to do a science fiction film later in the decade but never even got around to pre-production.


1971 – Published his autobiography, The Name above the Title. Uncompromising in its details, it offers a compelling self-portrait.


1991 – He died in La Quinta, California of a heart attack in his sleep on 3rd of September at the age of 94.