Alexander Korda

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Sir Alexander Korda (/ˈkɔːrdə/; born Sándor László Kellner; Hungarian: Korda Sándor; 16 September 1893 – 23 January 1956)[1][2] was a Hungarian–born British film director, producer and screenwriter, who founded his own film production studios and film distribution company.[3]

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Alexander Korda
Korda in 1936
Sándor László Kellner

(1893-09-16)16 September 1893
Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (today part of Túrkeve, Hungary)
Died23 January 1956(1956-01-23) (aged 62)
Kensington, London, England
  • Film director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1914–1955
(m. 1919; div. 1930)
(m. 1939; div. 1945)
Alexandra Boycun
(m. 1953)
RelativesZoltan Korda (brother)
Vincent Korda (brother)
Michael Korda (nephew)
Chris Korda (great-niece)

Born in Hungary, where he began his career, he worked briefly in the Austrian and German film industries during the era of silent films, before being based in Hollywood from 1926 to 1930 for the first of his two brief periods there (the other was during World War II). The change led to a divorce from his first wife, the Hungarian film actress María Corda, who was unable to make the transition from silent films to "talkies" because of her Hungarian accent.

From 1930, Korda was active in the British film industry, and soon became one of its leading figures. He was the founder of London Films and, post-war, the owner of British Lion Films, a film distribution company. Korda produced many outstanding classics of the British film industry, including The Private Life of Henry VIII, Rembrandt, Things To Come, The Thief of Baghdad and The Third Man. In 1942, Korda became the first filmmaker to receive a knighthood.[4]

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