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Robert Z. Leonard (1889–1968)

Chicago-born Robert Z. Leonard studied law at the University of Colorado, but the legal profession proved not to be his forte and he dropped out in favor of a career in the theatre. When his family moved to Hollywood in 1907 Leonard sought work in the fledgling film industry, starting as an actor with Selig Polyscope. Though he became an ... See full bio »

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Known For

Peacock Alley Director
The Divorcee Director


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 1956 Kelly and Me
 1953 The Clown
 1949 The Bribe
 1947 Cynthia
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
 1940 New Moon
 1938 Sweethearts (fill-in director - uncredited)
 1937 The Firefly
 1937 Maytime
 1936 Small Town Girl (uncredited)
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities (fill-in director - uncredited)
 1935 Escapade
 1935 Naughty Marietta (uncredited)
 1934 Outcast Lady
 1933 Dancing Lady
 1933 When Ladies Meet (retakes, uncredited)
 1933 Peg o' My Heart (uncredited)
 1932 The Son-Daughter (uncredited)
 1932 Strange Interlude (uncredited)
 1932 Lovers Courageous (uncredited)
 1931 Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (uncredited)
 1931 Five and Ten (uncredited)
 1931 The Bachelor Father (uncredited)
 1930 Let Us Be Gay (uncredited)
 1930 In Gay Madrid
 1930 The Divorcee (uncredited)
 1929/II Marianne
 1929/I Marianne
 1928 Baby Mine
 1927 Tea for Three
 1927 Adam and Evil
 1926 Dance Madness
 1925 Bright Lights
 1923 Fashion Row
 1923 Jazzmania
 1922 Broadway Rose
 1922 Fascination
 1922 Peacock Alley
 1920 April Folly
 1918 Modern Love (as Robert Leonard)
 1917 Face Value
 1917 The Punishment (Short)
 1917 The Forest Nymph (Short)
 1917 A Mormon Maid
 1917 Please Be My Wife (Short) (as Robert Leonard)
 1917 Racing Death (Short)
 1917 The Human Flame (Short)
 1917 On Record
 1917 The Sin Unatoned (Short)
 1917 Robinson Crusoe (Short)
 1917 Life's Pendulum (Short)
 1917 The Diamond Thieves (Short)
 1916 The Plow Girl
 1916 The Evidence (Short)
 1916 The Unfinished Case (Short)
 1916 Little Eve Edgarton (as Robert Leonard)
 1916 The Love Girl
 1916 The Woman Who Followed Me (Short)
 1916 The Crippled Hand (as Robert Leonard)
 1916 Yust from Sweden (Short)
 1916 Secret Love (as Robert Leonard)
 1916 The Silent Member (Short)
 1916 The Boob's Victory (Short)
 1915 Idols of Clay (Short)
 1915 Judge Not; or the Woman of Mona Diggings (as Robert Leonard)
 1915 Both Sides of Life (Short)
 1915 Heritage (Short) (as Robert Leonard)
 1915 Betty's Dream Hero (Short)
 1915 A Boob's Romance (Short)
 1915 The Silent Command (Short) (as Robert Leonard)
 1915 Shattered Memories (Short)
 1915 Mavis of the Glen (Short)
 1914 The Boob's Legacy (Short)
 1914 The Boob's Nemesis (Short)
 1914 For the Secret Service (Short)
 1914 The Bowl of Roses (Short)
 1914 When Fate Disposes (Short)
 1914 The House Discordant (Short)
 1914 The Sherlock Boob (Short)
 1914 A Law Unto Himself (Short)
 1914 Swede Larson (Short)
 1914 Shadowed Lives (Short)
 1914 A Boob There Was (Short)
 1914 Mountain Law (Short)
 1914 A Boob Incognito (Short)
 1914 In the Eye of the Law (Short)
 1914 The Senator's Bill (Short)
 1914 For the Family Honor (Short)
 1914 The Boob's Honeymoon (Short)
 1914 A Race with Death (Short)
 1914 The Fourth Proposal (Short)
 1914 From Father to Son (Short)
 1914 The Mud Bath Elopement (Short)
 1913 The Diamond Makers (Short)
 1913 Sally Scraggs: Housemaid (Short)
 1913 When the Prince Arrived (Short)
 1913 A Woman's Folly (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Bob Leonard | Robert Leonard


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Directed two actresses to Oscar nominations: Norma Shearer (Best Actress, The Divorcee (1930)) and Luise Rainer (Best Actress, The Great Ziegfeld (1936)). Both won Oscars for their performances in Leonard's films. See more »


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