Otto Preminger Biography

Updated On Aug 07, 2019 Published On Aug 07, 2019
Facts of Otto Preminger
Date of Birth: 1905 , December-5
Date of Death: 1986 , April-23
Birth Nation: Ukraine
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Otto Preminger
Birth Name Otto Ludwig Preminge
Father Josefa
Mother Markus
Nationality Austrian-American
Birth Place/City Wiznitz, Bukovina
Ethnicity White
Profession Director, Theatre
Working For Movies
Net Worth $14million
Affair with Marion Mill
Married Hope Bryce
Married to Hope Bryce
Children Victoria Preminger, Mark Preminger
Education University of Vienna
Movies The Cardinal, Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, and Laura
Siblings Ingo Preminger
Died 23 April 1986
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American theatre and film director Otto Preminger was widely famed for directing films such as The Cardinal, Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, and Laura. He was also nominated twice for Academy Award for the director. The late celebrity passed away on 23 April 1986.

Otto Preminger's Bio: Early Life, Wiki, and Education

Film director Otto Preminger was born as Otto Ludwig Preminger in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine) on 5th December 1905 with Sagittarius sun sign.

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Otto belongs to the Jewish family. His father Josefa was a public prosecutor and retired attorney general of the Austria-Hunger whereas, his mother Markus was a housewife of the Preminger family.

He was raised along with his sibling, Ingo Preminger. They both were schooled in their hometown and later joined law studies at the University of Vienna.  

Since from the beginning, Otto had a passion for acting and began appearing in University's minor show to performed his acting.

Hollywood Career of Otto Preminger

Talking about Otto Preminger's career in April 1935, he was rehearsing a boulevard farce, The King with an Umbrella. Later, Otta received attention from Joseph Schenck who is an American producer.

Joseph called Otto to a five o'clock meeting at the Imperial Hotel. While having a meeting for a straight half-hour Otto also met Joseph partner, Darryl F. Zanuck, who is a co-founder of Twentieth Century-Fox. 

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After finishing their meeting Otto accepted an invitation to work for Fox in Los Angeles. He even got his first assignment which was to direct a vehicle for Lawrence Tibbett

Otto worked hard for completing the film well within the range of budget and to make well before the scheduled shooting deadline. In November 1936, the film opened to tepid notices.

American producer Zanuck gave Otto another task of directing B-picture comedy, romance film Danger-Love at Work. The film got released on 30 September 1937 with cast Simone Simon but later she got fired by Zanuck and Ann Sothern got her position. 

Later, Otto appeared in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) alongside actor, Orson BeanHoward McNear, and more.

Personal Life of Otto Preminger: Spouse and Children

In 1932, Otto got married to Marion Mill but the couple did not last long and in 1949, they got divorced. Later, he again married to a girl named Mary Gardner in 1951 and like the previous one, they got divorced in 1959.

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After several years, Otto got married for the third time with the girl named Hope Bryce. Their marriage took place on 28th December 1971. The duo spread happiness by welcoming two children; a daughter, Victoria Preminger and a son, Mark Preminger.

Death of Otta Preminger

At the age of 80, he died in New York City on 23 April 1986. The causes of death were suffering from lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease. 

Otto Preminger's Net Worth

The late celebrity use to have a net worth of around $14 million. He was an Austrian American theatre and film director. Otto had directed over 35 features movies in his five-decade career.

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One of his directed movie Laura (1944) had also won Oscar for best cinematography. Looking through the box office collection the movie gross USA $4,360,000 and was made of a budget of $1,020,000.


Otto Preminger facts on timeline

Born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine)

December 5 , 1905

Otto Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine) on 5th December 1905 with Sagittarius sun sign.

Directed Danger-Love at Work

September 30 , 1937

He directed his second film B-picture comedy, romance Danger-Love at Work. It had cast Simone Simon but later she got fired by Zanuck and Ann Sothern got her position. 

Married to Hope Bryce

December 28 , 1971

He got married for the third time with the girl named Hope Bryce. The duo spread happiness by welcoming two children a daughter, Victoria Preminger and a son, Mark Preminger.

Died on 23 April 1986

April 23 , 1986

Otto Preminger died in New York City the causes of death were suffering from lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease.