Filmmaker Roy Ward Baker dies

The British filmmaker passed away in his sleep at a London hospital on Tuesday (05Oct10).

Baker got his start making tea at Gainsborough Studios in the British capital before he was hired as an assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes.

He moved to Hollywood after World War II and directed Marilyn Monroe in the thriller Don’t Bother to Knock as well as Bette Davis in The Anniversary, before notching up TV credits helming episodes of The Avengers, The Persuaders and Jason King.

Baker’s best-known work was the 1958 movie A Night To Remember, which recreated the sinking of the Titanic.