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motion picture producer.

Cecil Blount De Mille, American motion picture producer. Decorated Order of Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem); Order of Orange-Nassau (Holland); Companion Order of White Elephant (Thailand); Grand Order of Republic of Italy; Chevalier Legion of Honor (France); recipient numerous citations and awards for civic service, and accomplishments in motion picture production; several schools named in his honor.

Background

Mille, Cecil Blount De was born on August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Henry Churchill and Mathilda Beatrice (Samuel) de Mille.

Education

Student Pennsylvania Military Academy, Chester, Pennsylvania, American Academy Dramatic Arts, New York City. A.F.D., University of Southern California. Doctor of Letters, Pennsylvania Military Academy, Brigham Young U., Baylor University, Temple University.

Career

Organized Mercury Aviation Company, pioneer commercial aviation company to carry passengers on regular flights, Hollywood, 1918, president, 1918-1923. Playwright and theatrical producer, 10 years. Identified with motion picture business, 1913-1959.

With Samuel Goldwyn and Jesse L. Lasky founded the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, 1913, became director general, company merged in 1918 to become Famous Players-Lasky, and in 1927 to the present Paramount Pictures Corporation. In 1924 established DeMille Pictures Corporation. Joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as producer-director, 1928, returned to Paramount as independent producer, 1932.

Producer Lux Radio Theatre of the Air, 1936-1945. Vice-president and chairman motion picture loans Commercial National Trust & Savings Bank of Los Angeles (later Bank of America). President DeMille Foundation for Political Freedom.

President Motion Picture Relief Fund. Chairman motion picture div. Community Chest of Los Angeles.

Member board Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Council Motion Picture Orgns. 3 times president Association Motion Picture Producers.

Former chairman Red Cross Blood Donor drive for motion picture and radio industries. Chief consultant on motion pictures to the United States Information Agency. Chairman Los Angeles American Cancer Society.

Membership

Member board Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Member American Legion, S.A.R., German League of Human Rights (honorary), Screen Dirs.’ Guild (honorary). Mason (Shriner).; Clubs: Lambs, Wings.

Producer 70 pictures, most outstanding being: Carmen, The Cheat, 1915.

Connections

Married Constance Adams, August 16, 1902. Children: Cecilia Hoyt (Mistress.

father:
Henry Churchill Mille

mother:
Mathilda Beatrice (Samuel) Mille

spouse:
Constance Adams

child:
Cecilia Hoyt (Mrs Mille