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Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan, Turkish theater director, film director, writer, actor. Recipient D.W. Griffith award Directors Guild American, 1987, Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement award, 1983, honorary Academy award for long, distinguished & unparalleled career, 1999; Named Directors Guild of America honorary life member, 1983. joined American Communist Party, 1934.


  • Kazan, Elia was born on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Turkey. Son of George and Athena (Sismanoglou) Kazan.

  • Education

    • AB, Williams College, 1930. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1932. Master of Fine Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1955.


    • Apprentice with Group Theatre, New York City, 1932-1933. Co-founder Actors Studio (with Robert Lewis, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford), 1947.


    • The Understudy
    • THE UNDERSTUDY swirls through a wealth of environments: the Broadway stage, a mind-blown safari in east Africa, a Hollywood film studio, a closing-night cast party in Boston, New York's underworld and its straight analog, the television industry.
    • Elia Kazan: A Life
    • Elia Kazan (September 7, 1909 - September 28, 2003) was an American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history".
    • Beyond The Aegean
    • In the sequel to America America and The Anatolian, Stavros Topouzoglou prepares to return to his homeland in 1919, as Greece prepares to reclaim Anatolia from the Turks.


    Joined American Communist Party, 1934.


    • Married Molly Day Thacher, December 2, 1932 (deceased). Children: Judy, Chris, Nick, Katharine. Married Barbara Loden, June 5, 1967 (deceased).

      1 child, Leo; married Frances Rudge, June 28, 1982.
    Elia Kazan
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    Born September 7, 1909
    Died September 28, 2003
    (aged 94)
    • 1930
      Williams College
    • 1932
      Yale University
    • 1955
      Wesleyan University