1892: Ernst Lubitsch is born on January 29
in Berlin, Germany
1911: Joined Max Reinhardt's famous Deutsches Theater, where he
rapidly advanced from bit parts to character leads
1912: Worked as an apprentice and general-purpose handyman at
Berlin's Bioscope film studios
1913: Began acting in a series of German short film comedies, in
which he played a character named Meyer
Made directorial debut
with the short film "Fraulein Seifenschaum"
(aka: Miss Soapsuds)
1916: Directed his first feature-film in Germany, "Als ich tot
War" (aka: As I was Dead)
1918: Made his mark as a serious director with the film "Eyes
of the Mummy"
1922: Moved to U.S., under contract to Mary Pickford
1923: Directed first American film "Rosita", starring Pickford
1926: Signed contract with Paramount
1928: Received his first Academy Award
nomination for best director, for "The Patriot" (which also
received a Best Picture nomination that year)
1929: Directed first sound film, "The Love Parade"
for which he received his second Academy Award nomination for best director
1931: "One Hour With You" and "The
Smiling Lieutenant" receive Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
1932: Made a film quite atypical for
Lubitsch, the serious anti-war drama, "The Man I Killed (aka: Broken
1933: Became an American citizen
1935-1936: Served as production chief at Paramount Studios
1937: Returned to directing; directed first film in three years,
1939-1940: Directed two wonderful films for MGM:
"Ninotchka" and "The Shop Around the Corner."
Ninotchka received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture" in 1939.
1943: Signed contract with 20th Century Fox Studios;
received his third Academy Award nomination for best director with the film "Heaven
Can Wait" (which was also nominated for Best Picture that year)
1946: Completed last film, "Cluny Brown"
1947: Was given a special Academy Award in March, for his
"distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture." Ernst Lubitsch
died in Hollywood on November 30th, while working on "That Lady in Ermine"
1987: On Paramount studios 75th anniversary, they named their Directors
Building after Ernst Lubitsch