John Ford (1894–1973)
Born: February 1, 1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Died: August 31, 1973 (age 79) in Palm Desert, California, USA
I didn’t show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.
[on Native American Indians] We’ve treated them badly, it’s a blot on our shield; we’ve robbed, cheated, murdered and massacred them, but they kill one white man and God, out come the troops.
John Ford is the winningest director in Oscar history — four of them he received over the course of his career — but that’s not why he’s on this list, though it helps. It’s not for more or less discovering John Wayne either. Though that helps, too.
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