Frank Capra

Frank Capra Brief Biography

Frank Russell Capra (May 18, 1897September 3, 1991) was an Italian-born American film director. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1903, when he was six, and eventually became a creative force behind major award-winning films during the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story, having worked his way through college, has led film historians like Ian Freer to consider Capra the "American dream personified."

Capra became one of America's most powerful directors during the 1930s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. Other leading films included Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948). Because of his early fame as a director, his name was listed "above the title" of his films when they were publicized. People "flocked to the theaters" during the 1930s and 1940s to see films directed by Frank Capra.

Frank Capra News

• The Almanac for September 3, the 246th day of 2019
• The Almanac for May 18, the 138th day of 2019
• The Almanac for November 28, the 332nd day of 2017
• The Almanac for Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018

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