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Friday, 2 May 2014

Jack Clayton - Flim Director - "You Walked Tallest Amongst Men My Love"

Memorial to Jack Clayton, All Saints Churchyard, Bisham, Berkshire.

"Jack Clayton 1921 - 1995 film director
You walked tallest amongst men my love."

Jack Clayton was born on 1st March 1921 in Brighton.  He started his career in film as a child actor in 1929 on the film Dark Red Roses.  Later aged fifteen he started work at Denham Film Studios, working his way up from tea boy to assistant director.

 During World War II in 1944 whilst serving as a photographer with the Royal Air Force Film Unit, Clayton shot his first film, the documentary, Naples is a Battlefield.  His first feature was the internationally acclaimed Room at the Top in 1959, a harsh indictment of the British class system, which won two Oscars and earned Clayton a Best Director nomination.

Other films directed by Jack Clayton include, The Innocents (1961),  The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Our Mother's House (1967), The Great Gatsby (1974), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988), starring the late Bob Hoskins.  In 1993 he produced and directed a Film for the BBC, Memento Mori.

Jack married actress Christine Norden (born Mary Lydia Thornton) in 1947, they divorced in 1953, later that same year he married Katherine Kath (born Lily Faess) who he was to divorce also.  Finally in August 1984 he married actress Haya Harareet, who he remained married to until his death on 26th February 1995 in Slough, Berkshire, after suffering heart and liver problems.


1 comment:

  1. Nice to see you back again I've missed your posts and Cemtery Sunday


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