Walter Lang

About Walter Lang

Who is it?: Film Director
Birth Day: August 10, 1896
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died On: February 7, 1972(1972-02-07) (aged 75)\nPalm Springs, California
Birth Sign: Virgo
Cause of death: kidney failure
Resting place: Inglewood Park Cemetery
Occupation: Film director
Spouse(s): Madalynne Field (m. 1937–1972; his death)

Walter Lang Net Worth

Walter Lang was bornon August 10, 1896 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is Film Director. Walter Lang was an eminent American film director best known for directing a number of the spectacular colorful musicals for Fox Studios during the 1940s. Not much is known about his early life except that during the First World War he served the US Army in France. On coming back, he got a job at a film production company and slowly became interested in directing. He got his first chance when Dorothy Davenport asked him to direct her in her own production ‘The Red Kimono’. Subsequently he made twelve more silent films. Therefore, by the time sound arrived, Walter Lang was already an established director. Yet, he did not get any good opening until the mid-1930s, when the 20th Century Fox hired him. They provided him with good scripts and first-rate actors and Lang began producing hits, many of which were musicals. In the meantime, he had made a short trip to Paris, hoping to make a mark as painter; but was unsuccessful in the venture. However, in spite of being billed as one the greatest directors of Hollywood, he nurtured a love for painting, which he took up once again after retiring from film industry. He was a thorough gentleman and was highly respected by contemporaries.
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💰 Net worth: $1.7 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1907

Lang was married to Madalynne Field (1907–1974) from 1937 until his death. Field, a former Actress, had met and befriended Carole Lombard when they were employed as Sennett Bathing Beauties in the late 1920s. Field's film career ended with the demise of Sennett's studio. However, she maintained her friendship with Lombard, and acted as Lombard's secretary until her marriage. She met Lang when he directed Lombard in Love Before Breakfast (1936). Lang was buried in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, in Inglewood, California.

1925

In 1925, Walter Lang directed his first silent film, The Red Kimono. In the mid-1930s, he was hired by 20th Century Fox where, as a Director, he "painted" a number of the spectacular colorful musicals for which Fox Studios became famous for producing during the 1940s. One of Lang's most recognized films is the lavish adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King and I (1956) for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Directing.