Norman Taurog

Norman Taurog

director, writer, additional crew

Norman Taurog was born on Feb 23, 1899 in USA. Norman Taurog's big-screen debut came with School Days directed by Mort Peebles in 1920. Norman Taurog is known for Room for One More directed by Norman Taurog, Cary Grant stars as George Rose and Betsy Drake as Anna Perrott Rose. Norman Taurog has got 3 awards and 6 nominations so far. The most recent award Norman Taurog achieved is Walk of Fame. The upcoming new movie Norman Taurog plays is Live a Little, Love a Little which will be released on Oct 23, 1968.

A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, starring the comic Larry Semon. These films were made on the East Coast and it was not until 1926, that Taurog moved to Hollywood. His directing career really took off with the coming of sound, and he soon acquired a reputation as a specialist in light comedy. He also developed a singular penchant for working with children, often giving them chocolate rewards for good acting. They, in turn, called him 'Uncle Norman'. Taurog became the youngest-ever director to win an Oscar. This was for the film Skippy (1931), which featured child actor Jackie Cooper, his real-life nephew.Taurog was under contract at Paramount from 1930 to 1936. The pick-of-the-bunch among his films - and a solid box office hit - was Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934), starring the noted stage actress Pauline Lord, comedienne Zasu Pitts and the irrepressible, idiosyncratic W.C. Fields. On loan to David O. Selznick, he also did justice to Mark Twain by creating just the right atmosphere for Les aventures de Tom Sawyer (1938), eliciting a strong performance from Jackie Moran in the role of Huck Finn. Initial footage had been in black & white, but Taurog discarded this and re-shot the film in Technicolor, which worked particularly well with art director Lyle R. Wheeler.After a stint with Fox (1936-37), Taurog then had his best (and longest) spell with MGM (1938-51). His A-grade assignments for the studio included the iconic Des hommes sont nés (1938), the exuberant Broadway qui danse (1940) and the thoroughly entertaining Judy Garland musical Lily Mars vedette (1943), based on a best-selling novel by Booth Tarkington. In 1952, he returned to Paramount, where he was utilised on the strength of his proven ability to make films economically and on time. Taurog made the most out of the feather-light scripts he was handed for a string of comedies with Dean Martin and/or Jerry Lewis. He was also a favorite of Elvis Presley, directing in total nine of his films.As the law of diminishing returns applied, Taurog retired in 1968. He later taught at the University of California School of Cinema and remained a board member of the Director's Guild. He became blind towards the end of his life, but for his last years served as director of the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.

  • Birthday

    Feb 23, 1899
  • Place of Birth

    Chicago, Illinois, USA

Known For


3 wins & 6 nominations

Walk of Fame
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Venice Film Festival
Best Foreign Film
Winner - Fascist Party Cup
Best Foreign Film
Winner - Fascist Party Cup
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