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King Vidor (King Wallis Vidor) was born on 8 February, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA, is a Director, Writer, Producer. Discover King Vidor's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of King Vidor networth?

Popular As King Wallis Vidor
Occupation director,writer,producer
Age 88 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born 8 February 1894
Birthday 8 February
Birthplace Galveston, Texas, USA
Date of death 1 November, 1982
Died Place Paso Robles, California, USA
Nationality USA

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King Vidor Height, Weight & Measurements

At 88 years old, King Vidor height is 5' 10" (1.78 m) .

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Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Who Is King Vidor's Wife?

His wife is Elizabeth Hill (1937 - 1 November 1982) ( his death), Eleanor Boardman (8 September 1926 - 11 April 1933) ( divorced) ( 2 children), Florence Vidor (1915 - 1924) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

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Wife Elizabeth Hill (1937 - 1 November 1982) ( his death), Eleanor Boardman (8 September 1926 - 11 April 1933) ( divorced) ( 2 children), Florence Vidor (1915 - 1924) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
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King Vidor Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is King Vidor worth at the age of 88 years old? King Vidor’s income source is mostly from being a successful Director. He is from USA. We have estimated King Vidor's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

The Big Parade (1925)$425 /week

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In 1982, Vidor died at his ranch in Paso Robles, California, from an unspecified heart disease. He was 88-years-old and well past his prime. His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered in his ranch. Vidor was nominated 5 times for the Academy Award for Best Director, without ever winning.


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 823-825. New York: Charles Scribner's.


Afterwards he worked on short films and documentaries, his last film being the documentary "The Metaphor" (1980).

The 86-year-old Vidor chose to retire from filmmaking in 1980.


He won an Academy Honorary Award in 1979. Part of his modern fame rests on an uncredited part as an assistant director.


In 1978, he (co-presenter) accepted the Oscar for "Best Director" on behalf of Woody Allen, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony


Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1962


Received his Walk of Fame star on the day of his 66th birthday (February 8, 1960).


His last major film was the Biblical-romance "Solomon and Sheba" (1959), featuring love, court intrigues, and military invasions during the reign of legendary Solomon, King of Israel (estimated to the 10th century BC).


Vidor faced no problem in transitioning from silent film to sound film, and continued regularly working on feature films until the late 1950s.


Directed the black-and-white sequences (the Kansas scenes), including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", in The Wizard of Oz (1939) when director Victor Fleming was forced to leave the production to move to Gone with the Wind (1939).


(1936-1938) President of the Screen Directors Guild.


King Vidor would later give a somewhat fictionalized account of his hurricane experience in a 1935 interview.


Directed six different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Wallace Beery, Robert Donat, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley, Jennifer Jones and Lillian Gish. Beery won an Oscar for The Champ (1931).


His first sound film was the drama "Hallelujah" (1929), about the life of sharecroppers. It was one of the first Hollywood films with a cast consisting fully of African-Americans. Vidor expressed an interest in "showing the Southern Negro as he is" and attempted to depict African-American life beyond the popular stereotypes of the era.


He was nominated for the feature films "The Crowd" (1928), "Hallelujah" (1929), "The Champ" (1931), "The Citadel" (1938), and "War and Peace" (1956).


The Big Parade (1925) was a huge hit. When MGM discovered that a clause in Vidor's contract entitled him to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called a meeting with him. At the meeting, MGM accountants played up the costs of the picture while downgrading the studio forecast of its potential success. Vidor was persuaded to sell his stake in the film for a small sum. The film ran for 96 weeks at the Astor Theater alone and grossed $5 million (approximately $67.3 million in 2014 dollars) domestically by 1930, making it the most profitable release in MGM history at that point.


In 1924, Goldwyn Pictures merged with Metro Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures into a new company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Vidor remained on contract with this new company.


Vidor was one of the most important directors to work at MGM during its heyday, under contract 1923-1930, and 1938-1944 (in between, a spell at Paramount, 1935-1936). After he left the studio, he directed one of his best films, the epic western Duel in the Sun (1946) for Selznick, then was briefly under contract at Warner Brothers, 1949-50.


Vidor's first major hit was the feature "Peg o' My Heart" (1922), an adaptation of a popular Broadway theatrical play. Following this success, Vidor was signed to a long-term contract for the studio Goldwyn Pictures.


In the 1920s, Vidor's most famous silent feature films were the war film "The Big Parade" (1925), the Academy-Award nominated drama "The Crowd" (1928), the comedy "Show People"" (1928), and the comedy-drama "The Patsy" (1928).


In 1919, Vidor directed his first feature film: "The Turn in the Road". It was a silent drama film, depicting a businessman who loses his faith in God and any interest in industry, when his beloved wife dies in childbirth.


In 1915, Vidor moved to Hollywood, California and was hired as a screenwriter and short-film director by Judge Willis Brown (1881-1931), owner of the Boy City Film Company in Culver City. Brown had gained fame as a judge of the Utah Juvenile Court and a progressive expert on boys' reformation, but had been kicked out of service when it was discovered that he did not actually have a law degree. Brown had established himself as a film producer in order to produce films depicting his main concerns about American society: juvenile delinquency and racial discrimination. Vidor served as a screenwriter and director of at least 10 films with these topics, while working for Brown.


In 1913, he directed the short film "The Grand Military Parade", his directing debut.


By the early 1910s, Vidor was working as a freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist.


During his childhood, King Vidor was a witness of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. The hurricane caused between 6,000 and 12,000 fatalities in the United States, based on varying estimates. Most of these deaths occurred in the vicinity of Galveston. Every house in the city sustained damage, about 3600 houses were completely destroyed, and an estimated 10,000 people were left homeless, out of a population of about 38,000.


Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1130-1136. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.


The studio was under the administration of Polish-American producer Samuel Goldwyn (1879-1974).


Karoly fled the country and settled in Galveston, Texas by the early 1850s.


King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848 (1849-1849). The Kingdom of Hungary had attempted to gain independence from the Austrian Empire, but the revolutionary troops failed against the allied armies of the Austrian Empire and the Russian Empire. After the restoration of Habsburg power, Hungary was placed under brutal martial law.