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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 August 1896Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 7 February 1972Palm Springs, California, USA  (kidney failure)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris. His venture into that medium was unsuccessful, and he returned to Hollywood a few years later. In the mid-'30s Lang was hired at 20th Century-Fox, and it was there he found his niche. He was one of the talents responsible for the glossy, splashy Technicolor musicals Fox was famous for in the 1940s and 1950s, films such as Tin Pan Alley (1940), Moon Over Miami (1941), Coney Island (1943) and There's No Business Like Show Business (1954). Always well respected by his contemporaries (Betty Grable once said that he was one of the few true gentlemen she had ever met), Lang ended his long and productive career in 1961 with Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961).

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Spouse (1)

Madalynne Field (1937 - 7 February 1972) (his death)

Trivia (9)

Father of director Richard Lang.
Fought with the U.S. Army in France during World War I.
Directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Clifton Webb (Best Actor, Sitting Pretty (1948)), Dan Dailey (Best Actor, When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)), Susan Hayward (Best Actress, With a Song in My Heart (1952)), Thelma Ritter (Best Supporting Actress, With a Song in My Heart (1952)), Yul Brynner (Best Actor, The King and I (1956)), and Deborah Kerr (Best Actress, The King and I (1956)). Brynner won an Oscar for his performance in Lang's film.
Carole Lombard and Lang became great friends, and she became the godmother of his son.
Fritz Lang was Walter Lang's distant uncle.
The only time Fox loaned out Lang between 1937 and 1961 was to Paramount for "But Not for Me." He had been friends with Gable for years, and the actor insisted although the pictured was initially postponed when Lang was hospitalized with peritonitis and ulcers.
Lang loved oil-painting, which was one of the reasons he opted to retire.
According to an interview and article in the Summer 1974 edition of "Focus on Film" Darryl Zanucvk reportedly offered Lang "The Sound of Music," but the director opted to retire. According to Lang, the gangster picture he made with Leo Carillo, "Hell Bound" became the first independent film to play at the Radio City Music Hall.
Clark Gable was Godfather to Walter Lang's son Richard Lang. He gave Richard his Oscar to use as a hammer. Years later, Richard had the beat up Oscar renewed to give to Clark Gable's son.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on Alice Faye] Alice had a quality, a feminine warmth that none of the other girls seemed to have at the time, not Betty Grable or any of them; and for that reason I think she was a star. There was a certain warmth to her, a simplicity that made her very valuable, I think.
[on Carole Lombard] One of my closest friends and the godmother of my son -- and a lovely person, a great person.

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