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Overview (2)

Born in Perth, Australia
Died in Kent, England, UK  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

Montagu Marks, 'Monty' was born in Perth, Australia. In 1906, at aged 16, he left Perth and became a student at the Melbourne National Gallery School of Art, where he met his future wife, Stella Lewis. In 1911 they traveled on to Paris and London to continue their art studies. During World War I, Monty joined the Royal Flying Corp. and narrowly escaped death when his plan crashed.

He was introduced to Alexander Korda in 1928 and joined London Film Productions in 1933, becoming its General Manager in 1935. He was instrumental in the purchase and building of Denham Studios and in raising money from the Prudential to fund the enterprise. In 1937 and 1938 he traveled to Australia and New Zealand to promote London Films and assess if they should set up a permanent studio in Australia.

In December 1938 Monty was involved in the newly announced Anglo/American film production company 'Fairbanks International'. Douglas Fairbanks Senior's death the following year ended the endeavor.

In World War II Monty was sent to Spain, under cover of making a film, to help British propaganda efforts there. After the war he tried to set up a company with Mike Frankovitch, but ultimately returned to his first passion: painting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Pettifer

Spouse (1)

Stella Lewis Marks, MVO (1911 - 1972)

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