Wesley Ruggles: Film director (1889-1972) (1889 - 1972) | Biography
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Wesley Ruggles
Film director

Wesley Ruggles

Wesley Ruggles
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Intro Film director
Was Actor Film director Film producer Screenwriter
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 11 June 1889, Los Angeles, USA
Death 8 January 1972, Santa Monica, USA (aged 82 years)
Star sign Gemini
Spouse: Arline Judge
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Wesley Ruggles (June 11, 1889 – January 8, 1972) was an American film director.

Life and work

He was born in Los Angeles, California, younger brother of actor Charlie Ruggles. He began his career in 1915 as an actor, appearing in a dozen or so silent films, on occasion with Charlie Chaplin.

In 1917, he turned his attention to directing, making more than 50 films — including a silent version of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence (1924) — before he won acclaim with Cimarron in 1931. The adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel Cimarron, about homesteaders settling in the prairies of Oklahoma, was the first Western to win an Oscar as Best Picture.

Ruggles followed this success with the light comedy No Man of Her Own (1932) with Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, the comedy I'm No Angel (1933) with Mae West and Cary Grant, College Humor (1933) with Bing Crosby, and Bolero (1934) with George Raft and Carole Lombard.

He teamed with the Rank Organisation in 1946 to produce and direct London Town with Sid Field and Petula Clark, based on a story he wrote. The film — British cinema's first attempt at a Technicolor musical — is notable as being one of the biggest critical and commercial failures in this country's film history. Ironically, Ruggles had been hired to direct it because as an American, it was thought, he was better equipped to handle a musical — despite the fact that nothing in his past had prepared him to work in the genre. It was his last film. An abridged version was released in the U.S. under the title My Heart Goes Crazy by United Artists in 1953.

Ruggles died January 8, 1972 in Santa Monica, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, near his brother Charles Ruggles. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 10 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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