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Overview (3)

Born in Dublin, Ireland
Died in North Hollywood, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameReginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock

Mini Bio (1)

Renowned director Rex Ingram started his film career as a set designer and painter. His directorial debut was The Great Problem (1916). A true master of the medium, Ingram despised the business haggling required in the Hollywood system. He was also unhappy with the level of writing he found in American writers. This led him to work with such foreign writers as Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, which resulted in the first major role for the young Rudolph Valentino. Ingram was a great friend of Erich von Stroheim who, like Ingram, was a great filmmaker but often went way over budget. In 1924 Ingram moved to Nice, France, where, in his own studios, he directed films of his own choosing, often with his then-wife Alice Terry. In his later career he acted as a mentor to the young Michael Powell.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (2)

Alice Terry (5 November 1921 - 21 July 1950) ( his death)
Doris Pawn (15 March 1917 - late 1920)

Trivia (8)

Sometimes confused with black American actor Rex Ingram.
Qiarrelled with MGM chief Louis B. Mayer soon after joining the studio. Subsequently he just put "Metro-Goldwyn presents" . . . : on his pictures with no mention of Mayer.
He and Alice Terry were married in Adobe Flores in South Pasadena, CA, on Nov. 5, 1921--a Saturday--sneaking off the set of The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) without telling anyone. The next day they saw three movies and went back to work on Monday. When the film was completed, they went to San Francisco for their honeymoon.
Scaramouche (1923) began production on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) and Ingram, being a good Irishman, reportedly celebrated by getting drunk and continued celebrating for 12 days, shutting down production before it even began.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 493-499. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
In his last years he planned a biography on the life of Haitian leader Toussaint, but it was never filmed. Ironically, Sergei M. Eisenstein, who was planning a biopic on Toussaint, also didn't make his film.
Studied sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Arts.
In 1921 Yale conferred the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on him for his motion picture work. This was the first academic recognition of film as one of the fine arts.

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