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Cedric Gibbons
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    (March 23, 1893-July 26, 1960)
    Born in Dublin, Ireland
    Birth name was Austin Cedric Gibbons
    Head of MGM's art department (1924-56)
    Credited with art direction and/or set design for over 1500 films
    Founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    Designed the Oscar statuette
    Won 11 Oscars for art direction: 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' (1929), 'The Merry Widow' (1934), 'Pride and Prejudice' (1940), 'Blossoms in the Dust' (1941), 'Gaslight' (1944), 'The Yearling' (1946), 'Little Women' (1949), 'An American in Paris' (1951), 'The Bad and the Beautiful' (1952), 'Julius Caesar' (1953) and 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (1957)
    He may have really been born in Brooklyn.
    He married and divorced actress Dolores Del Rio.
    He had little direct contribution to many of those 1500 MGM films, but his contract required that he be credited as art director for all the studio's major releases.
    Director Mitch Leisen complained about his interference, 'Whether it fitted the story or not, he was going to have his sets paramount.'
    He was responsible for hands-on art direction for about 150 films.
    His Art Deco sets inspired movie theater architecture in the 30s.
    His 11 Oscar wins are second only to Walt Disney's 26.

Credit: C. Fishel

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