Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Having followed brother Herman J. Mankiewicz's footsteps into motion pictures, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went from prominent writer to prolific producer to esteemed director over the course of his long career. Along the way ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1909 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

A Letter to Three Wives 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

From Story

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiet American 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

All About Eve 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diplomaniacs (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Dragonwyck (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Forsaking All Others (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

I Live My Life (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

If I Had a Million (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Million Dollar Legs (Movie)

(Screen Story)

People Will Talk (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Skippy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Slightly Scarlet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Gang Buster (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Keys of the Kingdom (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Reckless Age (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Too Much Harmony (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Producer (20)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Quiet American 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reunion in France 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woman of the Year 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Philadelphia Story 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strange Cargo 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Christmas Carol 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mannequin 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bride Wore Red 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fury 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Double Wedding (Movie)

(Producer)

Love on the Run (Movie)

(Producer)

The Keys of the Kingdom (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shining Hour (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shopworn Angel (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (19)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

(connecting sequences) (Director)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Quiet American 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Five Fingers 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

All About Eve 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Dragonwyck (Movie)

(Director)

House of Strangers (Movie)

(Director)

People Will Talk (Movie)

(Director)

The Late George Apley (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (9)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

W.C. Fields Straight Up 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Woman Trap (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Biography

Having followed brother Herman J. Mankiewicz's footsteps into motion pictures, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went from prominent writer to prolific producer to esteemed director over the course of his long career. Along the way, he won a total of four Academy Awards - two for writing and two for directing. Mankiewicz entered the business as a writer, working for Paramount Pictures and later MGM, where he segued into producing. He was finally given a shot at directing after 20 years in Hollywood, and almost immediately earned a reputation as a literate director with films like "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "A Letter to Three Wives" (1948). He hit directorial peak with "All About Eve" (1950), a showbiz slice-of-life that earned a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six. From there, he directed the excellent, but little-known spy movie "5 Fingers" (1952) and steered Marlon Brando toward a third Oscar nomination for his performance in "Julius Caesar" (1953). After helming "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), he helmed the musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and personal favorite "The Quiet American" (1958), before running into behind-the-scenes trouble on "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959). But his career came crashing down under the immense weight of "Cleopatra" (1963), a massively over-budget epic that nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox and left him a pariah in the eyes of the industry. Though he would only direct one more feature, Mankiewicz sealed his legend as an esteemed member of a prominent Hollywood clan.

Relationships

Linda Darnell Actor

Companion

Judy Garland Actor

Companion
had on again, off again relationship in the 1940s

Tom Mankiewicz Director

Son
Born on June 1, 1942 mother, Rosa Stradner died July 31, 2010

Alexandra Mankiewicz

Daughter
mother, Rosemary Matthews

Christopher Mankiewicz

Son
mother, Rosa Stradner

Rosemary Mankiewicz

Wife
Married Dec. 14, 1962

Eric Mankiewicz

Son
mother, Elizabeth Young

Herman Mankiewicz

Brother
born in 1897 died in 1953

Rose Stradner

Wife
Married in 1939 until her death in 1958

Elizabeth Young

Wife
married in 1934 divorced in 1937

EDUCATION

P S 64

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York 1928
classmate was future director Chester Erskine

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1963

Was one of five filmmakers (along with Carl Foreman, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa and Elia Kazan) interviewed in the documentary short, "The Directors"

1961

Career harmed by the costly, scandal-ridden and prolonged filming of "Cleopatra"

1946

Directed first film, "Dragonwyck"

1933

Was a co-founder of the Screen Writer's Guild

1929

Played a bit part as a reporter in the feature film, "Woman Trap"

1928

Moved to Hollywood

Appeared in the feature documentaries "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" (1985), "50 Years of Action" (1986), and "Hello Actors Studio" (1987)

Became a producer; worked at MGM

SIMILAR ARTICLES