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Date of Birth 26 October 1901New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 4 March 1945Hollywood, California, USA  (heart disease)
Birth NameMark Rex Goldstein

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Mark Sandrich was born on October 26, 1901 in New York City, New York, USA as Mark Rex Goldstein. He was a director and writer, known for Top Hat (1935), Holiday Inn (1942) and Shall We Dance (1937). He was married to Freda W. Sandrich. He died on March 4, 1945 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Freda W. Sandrich (? - ?) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Cousin of producer/director Zion Myers and actress Carmel Myers
Directed five of the nine immortal, glorious Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers musicals for RKO.
Died of a heart attack 9 days into directing Blue Skies (1946). He was replaced by Stuart Heisler, though Sandrich's footage is said to still remain in the completed film.
Grandfather of Cathy Sandrich and David Sandrich.
(1943-1944) President of the Screen Directors Guild.
Father-in-law of actress Vanessa Brown.
Died suddenly of a heart attack while playing gin rummy with his wife.
American director, qualified as an engineer. In Hollywood from 1922 as a prop man. With RKO (1933-38), he won an Oscar for the short film So This Is Harris! (1933). On the strength of this, he advanced to full-length feature direction, specializing in musicals. Directing five of the classic Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers vehicles, he was particularly noted for his technical skills, his effective synchronizing of action with pre-recorded soundtrack, weaving the dance routines seamlessly into the plot. From 1939-44 he was under contract to Paramount, where his best film was the perennial Christmas favorite Holiday Inn (1942).
Died of a heart attack at the age of 44, while working on an adaptation of Irving Berlin's Blue Skies (1946).

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